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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Almost anyone who spent considerable time around the Warriors last season did. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "A new era: With Kevin Durant gone, Warriors adjust expectations," 1 July 2019 The Ivorian much prefers Guardiola's predecessor Pellegrini, who was appointed West Ham manager last month and could exert considerable influence in the transfer market with the backing of the club's owners. SI.com, "West Ham Offer Yaya Toure Contract as Ivorian Seeks Reunion With Former Manager Manuel Pellegrini," 8 June 2018 That statement might also imply the blessing of Saudi Arabia, which exerts considerable influence over its tiny neighbor Bahrain and which has also been warming up to Israel of late — with both eyes on their common enemy, Iran. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Iran Deal Exit Has Raised the Risk of War, Even Faster Than Expected," 11 May 2018 Despite being unambitious in scope, the program seems to have had considerable success. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The surprisingly effective pilot program stopping real estate money laundering in the US," 11 June 2019 Similarly, in Arlene’s Flowers, the owner — Barronelle Stutzman — was able to introduce considerable evidence of selective enforcement. David French, National Review, "The Supreme Court Must Help This Christian Florist," 7 June 2019 The study finds considerable evidence of climate gentrification, and for the elevation hypothesis in particular. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 There is considerable evidence from developmental psychology that primary experiences are critical to the social maturation of a child. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Put down the smartphone and become more human," 31 May 2018 Verizon, which already owned a considerable amount of airwaves in the 28 GHz band before the auction, spent $521 million. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "5G Hype Fails to Ignite Much Bidding for 5G Airwave Rights," 4 June 2019

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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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