Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or marked by regard for the needs or feelings of others. See Synonyms at thoughtful.
  • adj. Characterized by careful thought; deliberate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. consciously thoughtful and observant (often of other people); caring
  • adj. characterised by careful and conscious thought; deliberate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to consideration or to sober reflection; regardful of consequences or circumstances; circumspect; careful; esp. careful of the rights, claims, and feelings of others.
  • adj. Having respect to; regardful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to consideration or sober reflection; thoughtful; hence, circumspect; careful; discreet; prudent; not hasty or rash; not negligent.
  • Regardful; mindful.
  • Marked by consideration or reflection; deliberate; thoughtful; heedful: as, to give a proposal a considerate examination.
  • Characterized by consideration or regard for another's circumstances or feelings; not heedless or unfeeling; not rigorous or exacting; kind: as, a considerate master; considerate treatment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing concern for the rights and feelings of others

Etymologies

Middle English, observed, from Latin cōnsīderātus, past participle of cōnsīderāre, to consider; see consider.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Do you call it considerate the way he has won you over to his side?

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  • I think British Gas is just being considerate, which is the least it can do seeing it charges more for your Carbon Monoxide poisoning than most other suppliers.

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  • She's known as a considerate girl with a positive outlook who is generous with her time and abilities.

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  • What if they count on you to be "considerate" or "polite" and not ask questions they may dodge?

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  • Mosana was responding to a call from the SA Human Rights Commission that the department should be "considerate" and not deport the undocumented people.

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  • He had a scholarly air with him, and that kind of considerate humanity towards others which claimed a gentle consideration for himself.

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