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[uh-pree-shee-uh-buh l, -shuh-buh l] /əˈpri ʃi ə bəl, -ʃə bəl/
sufficient to be readily perceived or estimated; considerable:
There is an appreciable difference between socialism and communism.
Origin of appreciable
1810-20; appreci(ate) + -able
Related forms
appreciably, adverb
unappreciable, adjective
unappreciably, adverb Unabridged
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  • It is run by oligarchies, and that's why there is little appreciable difference in policies from administration to administration.
  • Any animal that spends appreciable time in the ocean should be able to extract oxygen from water via gills.
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  • For turboprops and jets, there is no appreciable difference.
  • The program is unlikely to have an appreciable effect on employment.
  • But there is an appreciable warming of the economic, political, and cultural climate zones.
  • Application of an appreciable varnish cover does produce color saturation and provide an even reflectance of light.
  • But it will take months, at best, to see any appreciable relief from the new agreement.
  • The vast majority of clouds you see contain droplets and/or crystals that are too small to have any appreciable fall velocity.
  • It was quite an appreciable step to hire a medical service to monitor the health of employees.
British Dictionary definitions for appreciable


/əˈpriːʃɪəbəl; -ʃəbəl/
sufficient to be easily seen, measured, or noticed
Derived Forms
appreciably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appreciable

1818 (mid-15c. in sense "worthy"); from French appréciable and directly from Medieval Latin appretiabilis, from Late Latin appretiare (see appreciate). Related: Appreciably.

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