Definition of considerable in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsɪd(ə)rəb(ə)l/


1Notably large in size, amount, or extent: a position of considerable influence
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  • Please be as generous as you can as it takes a considerable amount of money to put this in place.
  • It was that a basic disconnection had occurred that was to a considerable extent the west's own fault.
  • As the firm's engraver, he requires an artistic eye and a considerable amount of strength.
sizeable, substantial, appreciable, significant;
goodly, tolerable, fair, reasonable, tidy, hefty, handsome, comfortable, decent, worthwhile, worth having, worth taking into account;
ample, plentiful, abundant, superabundant, great, large, lavish, profuse, generous;
marked, noticeable
informal not to be sneezed at, OK
literary plenteous
much, a lot of, lots of, a great deal of, plenty of, a fair amount of, great
1.1(Of a person) having merit or distinction: Snow was a limited, but still considerable, novelist
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  • She is a succour and support to him but is also a considerable thinker in her own right.
  • Best known for her vivid African memoirs, she was also a considerable novelist who achieved a scale that could fairly be called epic.
  • In youth he afforded proof of original power; he was a considerable politician, and an excellent classical scholar.
distinguished, noteworthy, noted, important, significant, prominent, eminent, influential, illustrious;
renowned, celebrated, acclaimed, highly rated, much touted, well thought of, well received, of repute, of high standing, of distinction


Late Middle English (in the sense 'capable of being considered'): from medieval Latin considerabilis 'worthy of consideration', from Latin considerare (see consider).

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