I'm solving a problem that people face every day:

Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code.

Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an overstatement.

However, it's a problem I expect people to have experienced / be aware of.

Ironically, "remarkable" seems like the perfect word - i.e. it's a problem one might remark about - but this word inexplicably means "astounding" / "marvelous" (I don't know why that came to be...).

"Noticeable" and "comment worthy" seem like appropriate words/phrases.

Can anyone suggest other words?

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  • Are you looking for a replacement for 'noticeable' in your sentence? I don't see anything remarkable that we can comment on and you haven't explicitly said why there is a problem. Perhaps a different sentence with a gap where the word should go would help. – chasly from UK Aug 28 '15 at 11:11
  • What connotations will you add to "standard" or "well-known" ? Will classic problem fit ? – Graffito Aug 28 '15 at 11:28
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    The problem is that there are hundreds of words that we could suggest. We need it to be narrowed down. – chasly from UK Aug 28 '15 at 11:38
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    is there any reason not to use remarkable? "Worthy of attention; striking" seems apt plus it literally is from remark. – Yeshe Aug 28 '15 at 13:14
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    You could go for litotes: Developers spend a not insignificant amount of time... – Jim Aug 28 '15 at 20:44


Worthy of notice or attention; notable; remarkable:

A noteworthy addition to our collection of rare books.

  • Down voter, why was my question down voted? – CipherBot Aug 31 '15 at 11:02

If OP feels that significant is "too strong" for the context, it can easily be "tempered" by...

Developers spend a not insignificant amount of time writing this type of code.

There are a claimed 94 written instances of the above usage in Google Books above, compared to over 2000 for a significant amount of time. If a speaker avoids a far more common "direct" form, native speakers automatically assume there must be a reason - often, that the direct form carries "extreme" connotations that aren't appropriate for the specific context.


"Marked" is often used in this context, to describe something that is noticeable without being extraordinary. "Distinct" has similar meaning.


nontrivial (that's mathematician-speak)

substantial (might be a bit too strong?)

considerable (again, might be too strong?)


decent (maybe a little too informal for your purposes?)

respectable (only works if you're feeling admiring and not resentful about the time spent)



inordinate, also, longish; excessive; too much;


1 Unusually or disproportionately large; excessive
She testified that the project was creating an inordinate amount of paper work, far in excess of the norm.

  • I'd have to say that from my perspective, inordinate is far "stronger" than significant, which OP has specifically ruled out as being excessive/overemphatic for his context. – FumbleFingers Aug 28 '15 at 12:42

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