ap·​pre·​cia·​ble ə-ˈprē-shə-bəl How to pronounce appreciable (audio) -ˈpri-sh(ē-)ə-bəl How to pronounce appreciable (audio)
: capable of being perceived or measured
no appreciable difference
ə-ˈprē-shə-blē How to pronounce appreciable (audio)

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Appreciable, like the verb appreciate, comes from the Late Latin verb appretiare ("to appraise" or "to put a price on"). It is one of several English adjectives that can be applied to something that can be detected, felt, or measured. Specifically, appreciable applies to what is highly noticeable or definitely measurable, whereas perceptible, which is often paired with barely or scarcely, applies to what can be discerned to a minimal extent. Sensible refers to something that is clearly perceived; a sensible difference in someone's expression is easily detected. Palpable applies to something that, if it doesn't have actual physical substance, is nevertheless quite noticeable via the senses ("a palpable chill in the air"). Tangible is used for something capable of being handled or grasped, either physically or mentally ("tangible evidence").

Choose the Right Synonym for appreciable

perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent.

perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent.

a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener

sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind.

an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature

palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable.

the tension in the air was almost palpable

tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally.

no tangible evidence of UFOs

appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable.

an appreciable increase in income

ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance.

exerted a ponderable influence on world events

Examples of appreciable in a Sentence

there doesn't seem to be any appreciable difference between this piece and that one
Recent Examples on the Web There is a synchronization to the Heat’s passing that has taken an appreciable jump in recent weeks. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 Old Man Winter finally broke the streak of 700-plus days last week without an appreciable snowstorm when the white stuff fell, clogging roads, closing schools and making life semi-miserable for those who had to go out in it. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 Policymakers must demand extensive changes to the Basel III Endgame proposal so the banking sector can continue its essential role in the U.S. economy–and to avoid taxing consumers and businesses for no appreciable benefit to financial stability. Kevin Fromer, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2023 Here, the record demonstrates an appreciable amount of tension between the competing interpretations, and a lack of definitive guidance in the text or historical sources. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2023 But carbon black is such a tiny part of any piece of clothing—the dye makes up perhaps 1 percent of a garment's total weight—that even switching to a carbon-negative alternative doesn’t make an appreciable difference in the footprint of a T-shirt or jeans. Alden Wicker, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 Any appreciable delay would, however, make the math on reaching his 2030 goal exceedingly unrealistic. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 But sources at smaller production facilities, including a foundry in Montreal, which produces small batches of custom aluminum parts for Javelin missiles, claim the war has had little appreciable effect on their businesses. Jeff Link, WIRED, 19 July 2023 According to the sheriff’s office, the remains, which showed signs of advanced decomposition, prolonged exposure to the aquatic environment, and appreciable depredation, were unidentifiable and did not possess any type of identification. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of appreciable was in 1783


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“Appreciable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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: large enough to be noticed or measured
no appreciable difference
appreciably adverb

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