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considerable

[kuh n-sid-er-uh-buh l] /kənˈsɪd ər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
rather large or great in size, distance, extent, etc.:
It cost a considerable amount. We took a considerable length of time to decide.
2.
worthy of respect, attention, etc.; important; distinguished:
a considerable person.
noun
3.
Informal. much; not a little:
He has done considerable for the community.
adverb
4.
Nonstandard: Older Use. considerably; noticeably; much:
I'm feeling considerable better now.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin consīderābilis, equivalent to consīderā- (see consider) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
unconsiderable, adjective
unconsiderably, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unconsiderably

considerable

/kənˈsɪdərəbəl/
adjective
1.
large enough to reckon with a considerable quantity
2.
a lot of; much he had considerable courage
3.
worthy of respect a considerable man in the scientific world
Derived Forms
considerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unconsiderably

considerable

adj.

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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