Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or showing regard for the needs or feelings of others. synonym: thoughtful.
  • adjective Archaic Characterized by careful thought; deliberate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective showing concern for the rights and feelings of others

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, observed, from Latin cōnsīderātus, past participle of cōnsīderāre, to consider; see consider.]

Examples

  • But considerate is right up there on the top of the list of attributes I think are under-admired in society at large.

    msagara: Meeting John Scalzi

  • First Impression: Benjamin is described as a considerate, smart, and charismatic athlete who likes to have a good time.

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  • If one can assume that followers in formal organizations appreciate autonomy, one should expect that leaders who say they delegate freely will be described as considerate.

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  • First Impression: Benjamin is described as a considerate, smart, and charismatic athlete who likes to have a good time.

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  • If one can assume that followers in formal organizations appreciate autonomy, one should expect that leaders who say they delegate freely will be described as considerate.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • Love that manifests itself in considerate questions designed to rule out mates with family problems (as we find in The Real Rules) — no.

    Mr. Goodbar Redux

  • Love that manifests itself in considerate questions designed to rule out mates with family problems (as we find in The Real Rules) — no.

    Mr. Goodbar Redux

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

    Jenny: A Novel

  • 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.

    Silent Witless

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

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