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[kuh n-sid-er-uh-buh l] /kənˈsɪd ər ə bəl/
rather large or great in size, distance, extent, etc.:
It cost a considerable amount. We took a considerable length of time to decide.
worthy of respect, attention, etc.; important; distinguished:
a considerable person.
Informal. much; not a little:
He has done considerable for the community.
Nonstandard: Older Use. considerably; noticeably; much:
I'm feeling considerable better now.
Origin of considerable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin consīderābilis, equivalent to consīderā- (see consider) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
unconsiderable, adjective
unconsiderably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for considerable
  • But the data also shows something that may be much more important, though there are some considerable uncertainties involved.
  • The loss in killed and wounded is not known, but supposed to be considerable on both sides.
  • The perils of running an academic conference are considerable.
  • State governments and parliaments have considerable responsibilities, including education and policing.
  • Refining aluminum from bauxite requires a considerable amount of energy.
  • Pregnancy poses considerable challenges to human mothers-to-be.
  • Those are lofty ambitions, but they have been achieved with considerable success.
  • Plants will bloom in sun or considerable shade more add to my plant list enlarge.
  • Remedy showed a considerable amount of design maturity in moving from their original open world to a more directed experience.
  • There is considerable snowfall, and in the north snow remains on the ground for about half the year.
British Dictionary definitions for considerable


large enough to reckon with: a considerable quantity
a lot of; much: he had considerable courage
worthy of respect: a considerable man in the scientific world
Derived Forms
considerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for considerable

mid-15c., "capable of being considered," from Medieval Latin considerabilis "worthy to be considered," from Latin considerare (see consider). Meaning "pretty large" is from 1640s (implied in considerably).

CONSIDERABLE. This word is still frequently used in the manner out by Dr. Witherspoon in the following remark: "He is considerable of a surveyor; considerable of it may found in the country. This manner of speaking in the northern parts." [Pickering, 1816]

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