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[kuh n-sid-er-it] /kənˈsɪd ər ɪt/
showing kindly awareness or regard for another's feelings, circumstances, etc.:
a very considerate critic.
carefully considered; deliberate.
marked by consideration or reflection; deliberate; prudent.
Origin of considerate
late Middle English
1375-1425 for earlier sense; 1565-75 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin consīderātus (past participle of consīderāre to consider), equivalent to consīderā- (stem of consīderāre) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
considerately, adverb
considerateness, noun
overconsiderate, adjective
overconsiderately, adverb
overconsiderateness, noun
quasi-considerate, adjective
quasi-considerately, adverb
1. kind, patient, concerned. See thoughtful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for considerate
  • She was my companion-beautiful, kind, considerate and loving-a constant joy.
  • And some of the aggrieved are deciding that the usual appeals for considerate behavior aren't solving the problem.
  • They make friends and are popular because they are considerate and self-confident.
  • Set up to promote courtesy and considerate social behaviour.
  • May his wisdom, strength and warm considerate way remain in our memories and our lives.
  • The only way forward is to be considerate to all, and then to act.
  • Sidelights are a blessing for considerate insomniacs.
  • The country is meant to rise with a considerate government concerning about the benefit of its people rather than its own pockets.
  • And when you need fixing, she'll remember you were considerate.
  • Keep up the good work, and thank you for being so considerate.
British Dictionary definitions for considerate


thoughtful towards other people; kind
(rare) carefully thought out; considered
Derived Forms
considerately, adverb
considerateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for considerate

1570s, "marked by deliberation," from Latin consideratus, past participle of considerare (see consider). Of persons, "deliberate, prudent," 1580s; meaning "showing consideration for others" is from c.1700. Related: Considerately; considerateness.

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