Definition of appreciable in US English:



  • Large or important enough to be noticed.

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