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con·​sid·​er·​able kən-ˈsi-dər(-ə)-bəl How to pronounce considerable (audio)
: worth consideration : significant
a considerable artist
: large in extent or degree
a considerable number
She was in considerable pain.
The trial attracted considerable public attention.
kən-ˈsi-dər(-ə)-blē How to pronounce considerable (audio)


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: a considerable amount, degree, or extent

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
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But the mist remained thick, the swell considerable, and the Australian warmth had given way to Antarctic chill. Simon Willis, Travel + Leisure, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History



see consider


see consider

First Known Use


circa 1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: large in size, amount, or quantity
a considerable number
was in considerable pain

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