causing fear, apprehension, or dread: a formidable opponent.
of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating: a formidable problem.
arousing feelings of awe or admiration because of grandeur, strength, etc.
of great strength; forceful; powerful: formidable opposition to the proposal.

1400–50; late Middle English < French < Latin formīdābilis causing fear, equivalent to formīd- (stem of formīdāre to fear) + -ābilis -able

formidableness, formidability, noun
formidably, adverb
nonformidability, noun
nonformidable, adjective
nonformidableness, noun
nonformidably, adverb
quasi-formidable, adjective
quasi-formidably, adverb
superformidable, adjective
superformidableness, noun
superformidably, adverb
unformidable, adjective
unformidableness, noun
unformidably, adverb

formative, formidable.

1. dreadful, appalling, threatening, menacing, fearful, frightful, horrible.

1. pleasant. Unabridged
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formidable (ˈfɔːmɪdəbəl)
1.  arousing or likely to inspire fear or dread
2.  extremely difficult to defeat, overcome, manage, etc: a formidable problem
3.  tending to inspire awe or admiration because of great size, strength, excellence, etc
[C15: from Latin formīdābilis, from formīdāre to dread, from formīdō fear]

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, from M.Fr. formidable, from L. formidabilis, from formidare "to fear," from formido "terror, dread." Related: Formidably.
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Example sentences
Capital-intensive projects are formidably tricky to get started.
Historians now, including myself, do feel that he rallied from that start and
  became a formidably good president.
Formidably toned by yoga, her body is in superb shape, but despite her tanned
  skin and megawatt smile she looks fragile and wan.
Once again, solid rock argued formidably against excavation.
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