con·​sid·​er·​able | \ kən-ˈsi-dər(-ə)-bəl How to pronounce considerable (audio) , -ˈsi-drə-bəl \

Definition of considerable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : worth consideration : significant a considerable artist
2 : large in extent or degree a considerable number She was in considerable pain. The trial attracted considerable public attention.



Definition of considerable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a considerable amount, degree, or extent

Other Words from considerable


considerably \ kən-​ˈsi-​dər(-​ə)-​blē How to pronounce considerable (audio) , -​ˈsi-​drə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of considerable in a Sentence

Adjective We received a considerable number of complaints. She was in considerable pain. We have already wasted a considerable amount of time and money. The murder trial attracted considerable public attention. Damage to the vehicle was considerable.
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First Known Use of considerable


circa 1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for considerable


see consider


see consider

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20 May 2022

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“Considerable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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con·​sid·​er·​able | \ kən-ˈsi-də-rə-bəl How to pronounce considerable (audio) \

Kids Definition of considerable

: rather large in extent, amount, or size a considerable distance I was in considerable pain.

Other Words from considerable

considerably \ -​blē \ adverb The repair was considerably more expensive than expected.

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