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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Other Words from considerable

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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There’s probably only one dad in the upscale part of town who got there by putting in the considerable time, money, and frustration required to bring an idea to fruition. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Best, Simplest Innovation in Wired Power Comes from 1980s Australia," 16 Jan. 2019 That’s the highest ever for the local market, by a considerable margin — in second place was April, with a median of $222,800. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio home prices reach a new high," 12 June 2018 Don't blame the Red Pants, the men and women of the Salesmanship Club in Dallas who help with so much of this tourney's logistics and considerable charitable efforts. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Year 1 of The Nelson at Trinity Forest was a shank | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 May 2018 The costs of the monarchy are considerable; the gains fleeting, mythical or the stuff of PR fantasies. Graham Smith, Time, "Harry and Meghan's Wedding Is a Reminder That Britain Doesn't Need the Royals," 18 May 2018 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

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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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