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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According to the employee, its staff is overworked and a little stressed out by the 12-hour shifts and the considerable responsibilities. BostonGlobe.com, "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018 Even the most popular American politician, Barack Obama, had a favorability that fell below their net rating by a considerable 34 points. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 The family separations — which also involve older children — have sparked international outrage and considerable confusion, with Sabraw warning the government this week to speed the reunification process, including background checks. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Trump officials: Nearly half of young migrants ineligible to reunite with parents," 12 July 2018 And just to tantalize barbecue fans even more, two new faces have been added to the already considerable lineup of chef talent. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Southern Smoke tickets on sale July 10 at noon," 10 July 2018 If China is racing ahead on 5G cellular technology and clean-energy technology, then America ought to marshal its considerable advantages in university and government research labs with more funding and more urgency. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Why Trump's Misguided China Tariffs Won't Help the US," 31 Mar. 2018 If not carefully planned, wrote Powell, the control of agriculture would fall into the hands of water companies owned by rich men, who would eventually use their considerable power to oppress the people. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 The post has considerable power during presidential years by determining the date of the first presidential primary. Andrew Rafferty, NBC News, "New Hampshire primary status at center of brewing political battle," 14 Mar. 2018 Twitter probably will have to devote considerable resources to keep this war on bots and trolls going. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Twitter's fake account purge can help turn the tide against influence campaigns," 9 July 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 \

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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