ap·​pre·​cia·​ble | \ ə-ˈprē-shə-bəl How to pronounce appreciable (audio) , -ˈpri-sh(ē-)ə-bəl How to pronounce appreciable (audio) \

Definition of appreciable

: capable of being perceived or measured no appreciable difference

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appreciably \ ə-​ˈprē-​shə-​blē How to pronounce appreciable (audio) , -​ˈpri-​sh(ē-​)ə-​blē \ adverb

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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

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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").

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there doesn't seem to be any appreciable difference between this piece and that one
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Covid-19, however, the Asian flu killed appreciable numbers of young people. Niall Ferguson, WSJ, "How a More Resilient America Beat a Midcentury Pandemic," 30 Apr. 2021 Nevertheless, leaving so many positions of power in the hands of those who have so consistently demonstrated their fealty to Trump’s agenda, and their disdain for Biden’s, is an unnecessary gamble with little appreciable upside. Eleanor Eagan, The New Republic, "Trump Holdovers Are Dragging Down the Biden Agenda," 29 Apr. 2021 From a short-term, bottom-line perspective, the data and finance guys at WarnerMedia parent AT&T are counting on the new Justice League moving the needle in an appreciable way. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "The Snyder Cut Has Already Done Its Job for HBO Max," 18 Mar. 2021 The shells aren’t permeable enough to make an appreciable difference when hard-boiling. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "The best way to boil eggs so they're easy to peel: your guide to which methods work and which are myths," 22 Mar. 2021 Precipitation and snow are below average as well and should finish that way as well with the only appreciable chance of precipitation through the end of the month arriving Saturday Night. Star Tribune, "Windy and warm Friday expected," 25 Feb. 2021 The sleek windmill is designed to power a pump that sends water into a channel running through the building, an aspect that isn’t appreciable right now because the library is closed to the public because of the pandemic. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Take a public art tour of San Antonio's North Side parks, libraries and more," 2 Feb. 2021 People’s anger at corporate concentration comes more from their own experience than from political leaders, and the most partisan media outlets don’t cover it much, or in any appreciable level of policy detail. Zephyr Teachout, The New Republic, "A Blueprint for a Trust-Busting Biden Presidency," 18 Dec. 2020 Rauner used during his tenure to heavily subsidize the party and turn it into appreciable gains. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Tunney cops to violating ban on indoor dining at his Ann Sather restaurant | Lightfoot on vaccines, equity | Durbin on compromise COVID-19 relief package," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of appreciable

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Appreciable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of appreciable

: large enough to be noticed or measured


ap·​pre·​cia·​ble | \ ə-ˈprē-shə-bəl How to pronounce appreciable (audio) \

Kids Definition of appreciable

: large enough to be noticed or measured an appreciable change

Other Words from appreciable

appreciably \ -​blē \ adverb

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