ponderable

adjective pon·der·a·ble \ ˈpän-d(ə-)rə-bəl \

Definition of ponderable

: significant enough to be worth considering : appreciable

Origin and Etymology of ponderable

Late Latin ponderabilis, from ponderare

Synonym Discussion of ponderable

perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent.
    • a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener
sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind.
    • an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature
palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable.
    • the tension in the air was almost palpable
tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally.
    • no tangible evidence of UFOs
appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable.
    • an appreciable increase in income
ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance.
    • exerted a ponderable influence on world events

Medical Dictionary

ponderable

adjective pon·der·a·ble \ ˈpän-d(ə-)rə-bəl \

medical Definition of ponderable

: capable of being weighed

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