Definition of appreciable in English:



  • Large or important enough to be noticed.

    ‘tea and coffee both contain appreciable amounts of caffeine’
    • ‘So I went back to the data to see if there was any appreciable difference in response by gender.’
    • ‘Transformation as currently practiced carries an appreciable risk of ultimate doom.’
    • ‘Seldom has he had to share an appreciable amount of space on an album with a fellow artist.’
    • ‘An appreciable amount of carbon dioxide, unlike oxygen, is also free in solution in the plasma.’
    • ‘You have to be prepared to make some appreciable adjustments to a different lifestyle and surroundings if you come to China.’
    • ‘Us winning this one doesn't make any appreciable difference.’
    • ‘There was an appreciable measure of realism in the discussions at the football seminar in Delhi recently.’
    • ‘Even when the Russian gymnast himself took to the stage and begged the audience to stop there was no appreciable response.’
    • ‘That last bit suggests to me that this pressure won't have an appreciable effect anytime soon.’
    • ‘If you do any appreciable amount of driving outside town centres and the suburbs, this is the better choice.’
    • ‘It is also the only satellite in the solar system with an appreciable atmosphere, mostly composed of nitrogen like the Earth's.’
    • ‘Its membership spread to almost every nook and cranny of the world where African people lived in appreciable numbers.’
    • ‘Most common apatites are fluorine rich; however, they may contain appreciable amounts of chlorine.’
    • ‘It takes an appreciable length of time for a wave of public opinion to cross the continent.’
    • ‘Sadly, calligraphy no longer exists in the Western world, not to any appreciable extent, anyway.’
    • ‘So many people define their lives by vanity purchases which have no real appreciable value.’
    • ‘This approach can take six to eight years before an appreciable reduction is noticed.’
    • ‘Sherry maintained its lead as the most popular drink, but there was an appreciable increase in the consumption of French and Empire wines.’
    • ‘This gimmick blurs the clarity of the storyline without adding any appreciable benefit.’
    • ‘If they have been allowed to grow for long enough to produce an appreciable amount of toxin, the food is poisonous and remains so no matter how much it is heated.’
    considerable, substantial, significant, sizeable, goodly, fair, reasonable, tidy, marked
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Early 19th century: from French appréciable, from apprécier (see appreciate).