Definition of inconsiderable in English:

inconsiderable

adjective

  • 1with negative Of small size, amount, or extent.

    ‘a not inconsiderable amount of money’
    • ‘Cartwright spends a not inconsiderable amount of time contemplating the unusual nature of her fame.’
    • ‘By leaving the car alone for a whole week, the driver directly pockets $28, not an inconsiderable amount of money.’
    • ‘And, of course, he has invested a not inconsiderable amount of time and money.’
    • ‘For years, like so many other spectacle-wearing children, I was subjected to taunts and mockery and was labelled ‘four eyes’, whilst my parents spent not inconsiderable sums of money on glasses for me.’
    • ‘But those predictions may yet prove inaccurate given the challenger's strength of character and not inconsiderable size of heart.’
    • ‘A big niche in the case of the Caledonian Challenge, with 1300 people, most of them walkers, tackling the not inconsiderable, and far from straightforward, 54 miles between Fort William and Loch Lomond.’
    • ‘I rang a chap who has agreed to help me move it on Sunday for a not inconsiderable amount of money.’
    • ‘Why would I spend so much time, and a not inconsiderable chunk of money, hanging out with people whose views I obviously have little respect for?’
    • ‘The profession represents less than one third of one per cent of the population which is certainly an ‘inconsiderable proportion’ of society.’
    • ‘Far too nice a person to spear a member of the press, he relies instead on a tried and tested combination of down-to-earth good humour, genuine enthusiasm and not inconsiderable charm to get him through press sessions unscathed.’
    • ‘Well, yes, except that 99 per cent of all students and a not inconsiderable percentage of adults are wearing the same silly and small spectacle frames in 2004.’
    • ‘Besides the most important fact that all these people are still driving around and living with their families for hopefully a normal span of natural life, the actuarial value of around 70 million euros also saved is not inconsiderable.’
    • ‘As if being confronted by such ruthless professionalism wasn't bad enough, the Preston players had the additional challenge of playing against Penny-pit Park's not inconsiderable gradient in the first half.’
    • ‘The bill came to €154.30, which is not an inconsiderable amount for lunch.’
    • ‘A hallway in a largish single-storey house is a big job, lots of doors and a not inconsiderable amount of wall.’
    • ‘This adds up to a not inconsiderable amount of money.’
    • ‘The Access Economics study undertaken shortly before construction began indicated it would be commercially viable, at least with the not inconsiderable investment of public funds in constructing the line.’
    • ‘There're a couple of cartoons and trite quotations on a noticeboard left over from the previous tenant but nothing reassuringly mine (except for the not inconsiderable mess).’
    • ‘He told the annual general meeting of the authority in Achill that a not inconsiderable number of visitors had passed on the warning that Ireland's reputation for hospitality and a welcome was in question.’
    1. 1.1 Unimportant or insignificant.
      ‘a not inconsiderable artist’
      • ‘The task was given to me, and I carried it forward with no inconsiderable success.’
      • ‘In nine outings against the not inconsiderable might of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the artist formerly known as ‘White Lightning’ grabbed 16 wickets at barely 20 runs apiece.’
      • ‘When the announcement came that there would be a new album I felt vaguely cheated, but mostly concerned that the recording would detract from the band's not inconsiderable legacy.’
      • ‘I don't necessarily view them as future superstars, but it's nice to know we have a couple of home-grown artists of not inconsiderable talent.’
      • ‘I was still struggling with ‘Gentle’ and ‘Moderate’ Sudoku games and reckoned that completing one of those in two or three days was a not inconsiderable triumph.’
      insignificant, negligible, trifling, small, tiny, little, minuscule, nominal, token, petty, slight, niggling, minor, inappreciable, insubstantial, not worth mentioning, not worth bothering about, inconsequential
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘impossible to imagine’): from French, or from late Latin inconsiderabilis, from in- ‘not’ + considerabilis ‘worthy of consideration’ (see considerable).

Pronunciation

inconsiderable

/ɪnkənˈsɪd(ə)rəb(ə)l/