What does the word formidable mean?

Usage examples for formidable

  1. But if any of the more formidable beasts were near, they remained concealed. – Warrior of the Dawn by Howard Carleton Browne
  2. Whether it was our formidable appearance or no, at about ten A. M. the stranger again changed her course, and we soon lost sight of her entirely. – Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific by Gabriel Franchere
  3. There is no need for him to be troubled with visitors; he is far too ailing for much fatigue and exertion; but surely you and Alwyn can entertain your friends in your own rooms, and, though Greta hesitated and looked rather alarmed at the idea of opposing her formidable father- in- law- elect, she was soon brought to acknowledge that society would be good for Alwyn. – Doctor Luttrell's First Patient by Rosa Nouchette Carey