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notable and noticeable - the difference

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Notable means worthy of comment. Noticeable means detectable.

Notable

The adjective notable means worthy of comment, worthy of distinction, celebrated, widely known, or esteemed. As a noun, it can mean a person of note.

Examples:
  • The award is for the volunteer who has made the most notable contribution to the development of netball at a local level.
  • I would like to discuss some notable omissions from the text I gave you.
  • Be respectful. He is a very notable fellow.

Noticeable

The adjective noticeable means detectable (i.e. sufficient to be noticed). 

Examples:
  • The blue sheen in your hair is hardly noticeable.
  • The difference in processing speed is very noticeable.
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