considerable

adjective
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.

considerable

noun

Definition of considerable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a considerable amount, degree, or extent

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Other Words from considerable

Adjective

considerably \ kən-​ˈsi-​dər(-​ə)-​blē How to pronounce considerably (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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Some experiments showed that inhaling or ingesting the materials caused considerable internal damage to mice and other animals. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Graphene," 13 Aug. 2018 Congress now needs to act to prevent this considerable damage, but in the meantime there will be plenty of casualties. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Springtime for Internet Taxers," 21 June 2018 Buy Photo The Philadelphia Arson Task Force is seeking two suspects after an M-type explosive was thrown into a Chinese restaurant in Kensington, causing considerable damage. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Arson task force seeks pair in explosion in Kensington restaurant," 20 June 2018 Democrats were enraged that Comey disregarded procedure by publicly sharing details about the email investigation in a manner that inflicted considerable political damage on Clinton. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Inspector general details FBI's missteps during 2016 campaign," 14 June 2018 When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, Commander’s Palace sustained considerable damage. Washington Post, "Ella Brennan, matriarch of New Orleans restaurant family, dies at 92," 2 June 2018 But then again: Heimlich is a college kid with considerable uncertainty about his ability. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo Moment," 27 June 2018 There is also considerable uncertainty about whether certain digital tokens are in fact securities that must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Investment Giant eToro Plans to Launch in U.S. With 10 Cryptocurrencies," 15 May 2018 McCloud's death caused considerable consternation in the city's black community. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cleveland detective who sent racist text messages will not be suspended, will get diversity training," 26 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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of considerable

: large in size, amount, or quantity

considerable

adjective
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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