notable and noticeable - the difference

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
Notable means worthy of comment. Noticeable means detectable.


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.

  • 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.


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

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