considerable

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adjective

con·​sid·​er·​able kən-ˈsi-dər(-ə)-bəl How to pronounce considerable (audio)
-ˈsi-drə-bəl
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.
considerably
kən-ˈsi-dər(-ə)-blē How to pronounce considerable (audio)
-ˈsi-drə-blē
adverb

considerable

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noun

: a considerable amount, degree, or extent

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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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

see consider

Noun

see consider

First Known Use

Adjective

circa 1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1685, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of considerable was circa 1619

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Cite this Entry

“Considerable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/considerable. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

considerable

adjective
con·​sid·​er·​able
kən-ˈsid-ər(-ə)-bəl,
-ˈsid-rə-bəl
: large in size, amount, or quantity
a considerable number
was in considerable pain
considerably
-blē
adverb

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