in·​con·​sid·​er·​able ˌin-kən-ˈsi-dər-(ə-)bəl How to pronounce inconsiderable (audio)
: not considerable : slight, trivial
the cost was not inconsiderable
inconsiderableness noun
inconsiderably adverb

Examples of inconsiderable in a Sentence

the duties of the club's vice president are inconsiderable by any standard an inconsiderable number of complaints about the car seat
Recent Examples on the Web That pipeline, now at the heart of the NS2 dispute, still carries Russian gas to Germany, yielding between $2 billion and $3 billion in annual transit fees for Ukraine – not an inconsiderable amount for an economy whose total gross domestic product was $154 billion in 2020. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Aug. 2021 For even very good students who can afford the not inconsiderable tuition, deciding which campuses to list on the UC application — each costs $70 — is less about personal preference and more about figuring out which one offers any hope of acceptance. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Writing in The Washington Post, Adam Taylor explains that although the British government usually collects a not-inconsiderable 40 percent on inheritances exceeding $380,000, Charles won’t pay a cent because he’s exempted. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2022 According to available Census data, the divorce rate for second marriages in the United States is more than 60% compared to the not inconsiderable 50% for first ones. Laurie Yarnell, Good Housekeeping, 31 Jan. 2023 The base Taycan, which starts at a not-inconsiderable $86,700 for the 2023 model year makes do with just a single electric motor driving the rear wheels. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 21 Dec. 2022 Then, there are the not inconsiderable logistical problems. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 4 Mar. 2011 First, the not inconsiderable frame of Van Dijk, who has been one of the world’s best defenders over the past five years. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2022 It was reputedly sold soon thereafter for $15,000, a not inconsiderable sum in 1958. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2022

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Word History


French, from in- + considerable considerable, from Medieval Latin considerabilis

First Known Use

1637, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inconsiderable was in 1637

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Cite this Entry

“Inconsiderable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​con·​sid·​er·​able ˌin-kən-ˈsid-ər-(ə-)bəl How to pronounce inconsiderable (audio)
: not worth considering : slight, trivial

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