considerable

adjective
con·​sid·​er·​able | \ kən-ˈsi-dər(-ə)-bəl, -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.

considerable

noun

Definition of considerable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a considerable amount, degree, or extent

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Adjective

considerably \ kən-​ˈsi-​dər(-​ə)-​blē , -​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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But even with its debt and bankruptcy filing, iHeartRadio has dominance over the radio industry with over 850 stations, and commands considerable power with exposure for acts on big-name events like the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Apple is reportedly considering investing in iHeartRadio," 1 Nov. 2018 The treaty was the first that completely eliminated an entire class of offensive nuclear weapons and removed a considerable number of nuclear weapons from the European continent on both sides. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Did a U.S. Official Threaten an Attack on Russia?," 2 Oct. 2018 Experience tells us that the Democrats’ opposition will likely amount to a lot of speechifying and fundraising – especially by the considerable numbers of senators now positioning themselves for 2020 runs – and probably not much more. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What are Dems to do about the SupCo?," 27 June 2018 Fishing pressure, already down since Hurricane Harvey damaged or destroyed a considerable number of offshore boats as well as the lives and finances of a significant number of coastal anglers, has been extremely light this month. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Better days ahead for Texas offshore anglers," 23 June 2018 There was no way the Holt extended family — and that’s a considerable number of determined people consisting of wives, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, grandchildren, etc. Bill Van Smith, miamiherald, "This South Florida track event continues honoring legacy of its legendary founder," 7 June 2018 Greitens and Barr acted recklessly and maliciously, wielding their considerable power to harm others. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Roseanne, Eric Greitens offer us a leadership lesson (no, seriously)," 30 May 2018 But out in districts where the midterms will actually play out, Democrats have attracted a considerable number of younger, outsider candidates who can more credibly sell a message of change to voters. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats struggle to forge unifying midterm message," 26 May 2018 Portland Public Schools saw a considerable number of high-level employees leave, including the district's longtime superintendent, since a 2016 lead-in-drinking water scandal. Bethany Barnes, OregonLive.com, "Portland Public Schools cuts 65 jobs in central administration," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of considerable

Adjective

circa 1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for considerable

Adjective

see consider

Noun

see consider

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The first known use of considerable was circa 1619

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considerable

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English Language Learners Definition of considerable

: large in size, amount, or quantity

considerable

adjective
con·​sid·​er·​able | \ kən-ˈsi-də-rə-bəl \

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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