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Considerable definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSIDERABLE, a. [See Consider.]
1. That may be considered; that is to be observed, remarked or attended to.
It is considerable, that some urns have had inscriptions on them, expressing that the lamps were burning.
[This primary use of the word is obsolescent or very rarely used.]
2. Worthy of consideration; worthy of regard or attention.
Eternity is infinitely the most considerable duration.
As that which is worthy of regard is in some measure important, hence
3. Respectable; deserving of notice; of some distinction; applied to persons.
Men considerable in all worthy professions, eminent in many ways of life.
4. Important; valuable; or moderately large, according to the subject. Considerable aid was expected from the allies. A man has a considerable estate in Norfolk. A considerable sum of money was collected. Sometimes followed by to. He thought his aid considerable to him.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: large or relatively large in number or amount or extent or degree; "a considerable quantity"; "the economy was a considerable issue in the campaign"; "went to considerable trouble for us"; "spent a considerable amount of time on the problem" [ant: inconsiderable]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: circa 1619 1. worth consideration ; significant <a considerable artist> 2. large in extent or degree <a considerable number> considerably adverb II. noun Date: 1685 a considerable amount, degree, or extent

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 enough in amount or extent to need consideration. 2 much; a lot of (considerable pain). 3 notable, important. Derivatives: considerably adv.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Considerable Con*sid"er*a*ble, a. [Cf. F. consid['e]rable.] 1. Worthy of consideration, borne in mind, or attended to. It is considerable, that some urns have had inscriptions on them expressing that the lamps were burning. --Bp. Wilkins. Eternity is infinitely the most considerable duration. --Tillotson. 2. Of some distinction; noteworthy; influential; respectable; -- said of persons. You are, indeed, a very considerable man. --Junius. 3. Of importance or value. In painting, not every action, nor every person, is considerable enough to enter into the cloth. --Dryden. A considerable sum of money. --Prescott.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. Considerable means great in amount or degree. (FORMAL) To be without Pearce would be a considerable blow... Doing it properly makes considerable demands on our time... Vets' fees can be considerable, even for routine visits. = substantial ADJ: usu ADJ n considerably Children vary considerably in the rate at which they learn these lessons... Their dinner parties had become considerably less formal. = significantly ADV: ADV with v, ADV compar

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Respectable, worthy of consideration. 2. Moderately large, not small, not little, a good deal of.

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