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

  • n. Careful thought; deliberation: We will give your proposal consideration.
  • n. A result of considering; an opinion or a judgment: Is it your consideration that I should apply?
  • n. A factor to be considered in forming a judgment or decision: Safety is the most important consideration in choosing a car.
  • n. A treatment or account: The essay begins with a brief consideration of the history of the problem.
  • n. Thoughtful concern for others; solicitude.
  • n. High regard; esteem.
  • n. Payment given in exchange for a service rendered; recompense: agreed to do it for a small consideration.
  • n. Law Something promised, given, or done that has the effect of making an agreement a legally enforceable contract.
  • idiom in consideration of In view of; on account of: turned back in consideration of the worsening weather.
  • idiom in consideration of In return for: an honorarium given in consideration of her contributions to the project.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The thought process of considering, of taking everything into account.
  • n. Something considered as a reason or ground for a (possible) decision.
  • n. The tendency to consider others.
  • n. A payment or other recompense for something done.
  • n. A matter of inducement for something promised; something valuable given as recompense for a promise, which causes the promise to become binding as a contract.
  • n. Importance, claim to notice, regard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of considering; continuous careful thought; examination; contemplation; deliberation; attention.
  • n. Attentive respect; appreciative regard; -- used especially in diplomatic or stately correspondence.
  • n. Thoughtful or sympathetic regard or notice.
  • n. Claim to notice or regard; some degree of importance or consequence.
  • n. The result of delibration, or of attention and examonation; matured opinion; a reflection.
  • n. That which is, or should be, taken into account as a ground of opinion or action; motive; reason.
  • n. The cause which moves a contracting party to enter into an agreement; the material cause of a contract; the price of a stripulation; compensation; equivalent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of considering; mental view; regard; notice: as, to take into consideration the probable consequences.
  • n. Careful reflection; serious deliberation.
  • n. Contemplation; observation; heed: with of: as, he was acquitted in consideration of his youth.
  • n. Thoughtful, sympathetic, appreciative, or deserved regard or respect: with for before the subject considered: as, consideration for the feelings of others is the mark of a gentleman.
  • n. Some degree of importance; claim to notice or regard; place in or hold upon regard, attention, or thought.
  • n. That which is or should be considered; a subject of reflection or deliberation; a matter of import or consequence; something taken or to be taken into account: as, the public good should be the controlling consideration with a statesman.
  • n. Recompense for trouble, service rendered, or the like; remuneration.
  • n. In law, that which a contracting party accepts as an equivalent for a service rendered; the sum or thing given, or service rendered, in exchange for something else, or the sum, thing,or service received in exchange for something; the price of a promise or a transfer of property.
  • n. Synonyms and Attention, reflection.

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

  • n. a considerate and thoughtful act
  • n. information that should be kept in mind when making a decision
  • n. the process of giving careful thought to something
  • n. kind and considerate regard for others
  • n. a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
  • n. a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Latin consideratio. See consider. Compare Old French considéreson



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