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 Dictionary entry overview: What does formidable mean? 

FORMIDABLE (adjective)
  The adjective FORMIDABLE has 2 senses:

1. extremely impressive in strength or excellence
2. inspiring fear

  Familiarity information: FORMIDABLE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FORMIDABLE (adjective)

Sense 1formidable [BACK TO TOP]


Extremely impressive in strength or excellence

Context examples:

a formidable opponent / the challenge was formidable / had a formidable array of compositions to his credit / the formidable army of brains at the Prime Minister's disposal


impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)

Sense 2formidable [BACK TO TOP]


Inspiring fear


redoubtable; unnerving; formidable

Context examples:

the formidable prospect of major surgery / a tougher and more redoubtable adversary than the heel-clicking, jackbooted fanatic / something unnerving and prisonlike about high grey wall


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

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