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Supposedly vs. Supposably


[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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  • Joe mused an appreciable time, beating his tattoo on the table.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • The Leopard Woman hesitated the least appreciable portion of a second.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • An appreciable time elapses between the striking of the tendon and the jerk.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • No star, no constellation, has any appreciable influence on our solar system.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • But if he awakens early or unexpectedly, there may be an appreciable delay before he orients himself.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • But then, he made no appreciable effort to become King of England.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
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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