Definition of inconsiderable in English:



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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘And, of course, he has invested a not inconsiderable amount of time and money.’
    • ‘A hallway in a largish single-storey house is a big job, lots of doors and a not inconsiderable amount of wall.’
    • ‘By leaving the car alone for a whole week, the driver directly pockets $28, not an inconsiderable amount of money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But those predictions may yet prove inaccurate given the challenger's strength of character and not inconsiderable size of heart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bill came to €154.30, which is not an inconsiderable amount for lunch.’
    • ‘The profession represents less than one third of one per cent of the population which is certainly an ‘inconsiderable proportion’ of society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I rang a chap who has agreed to help me move it on Sunday for a not inconsiderable amount of money.’
    • ‘This adds up to a not inconsiderable amount of money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cartwright spends a not inconsiderable amount of time contemplating the unusual nature of her fame.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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?’
    1. 1.1Unimportant or insignificant.
      ‘a not inconsiderable artist’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The task was given to me, and I carried it forward with no inconsiderable success.’
      • ‘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.’
      insignificant, negligible, trifling, small, tiny, little, minuscule, nominal, token, petty, slight, niggling, minor, inappreciable, insubstantial, not worth mentioning, not worth bothering about, inconsequential
      paltry, derisory, pitiful, niggardly, beggarly
      piffling, piddling, fiddling, pathetic, measly, mingy
      nickel-and-dime, small-bore
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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).