the act of considering; careful thought; meditation; deliberation: I will give your project full consideration.
something that is or is to be kept in mind in making a decision, evaluating facts, etc.: Age was an important consideration in the decision.
thoughtful or sympathetic regard or respect; thoughtfulness for others: They showed no consideration for his feelings.
a thought or reflection; an opinion based upon reflection.
a recompense or payment, as for work done; compensation.
importance or consequence.
estimation; esteem: He is held in great consideration by the community.
something that suffices to make an informal promise legally binding, usually some value given in exchange for the promise.
the hearing of a case by a tribunal.
in consideration of,
in view of.
in return or recompense for: She was offered money in consideration of her efforts.
take into consideration, to take into account; consider: We failed to take into consideration the large number of tourists attending the exhibition.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin consīderātiōn- (stem of consīderātiō), equivalent to consīderāt(us) (see considerate) + -iōn- -ion

nonconsideration, noun
overconsideration, noun
preconsideration, noun
subconsideration, noun

1. reflection, contemplation, rumination, attention. 3. kindness, kindliness, concern. 5. remuneration, fee. 6. weight, significance, moment. 7. See honor. Unabridged
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consideration (kənˌsɪdəˈreɪʃən)
1.  the act or an instance of considering; deliberation; contemplation
2.  take into consideration to bear in mind; consider
3.  under consideration being currently discussed or deliberated
4.  a fact or circumstance to be taken into account when making a judgment or decision
5.  on no consideration for no reason whatsoever; never
6.  thoughtfulness for other people; kindness
7.  payment for a service; recompense; fee
8.  thought resulting from deliberation; opinion
9.  law the promise, object, etc, given by one party to persuade another to enter into a contract
10.  estimation; esteem
11.  in consideration of
 a.  because of
 b.  in return for

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "a beholding, looking at," also "keeping in mind," from Fr. considération (12c.), from L. considerationem, noun of action from considerare (see consider). Meaning "a taking into account" is from c.1460; that of "something given in payment" is from c.1600.
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Idioms & Phrases


see in consideration of; take into account (consideration); under consideration.

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in contract law, an inducement given to enter into a contract that is sufficient to render the promise enforceable in the courts. The technical requirement is either a detriment incurred by the person making the promise or a benefit received by the other person. Thus, the person seeking to enforce the promise must have paid, or bound himself to pay, money, parted with goods, spent time in labour, or foregone some profit or legal right. In a contract for the sale of goods, the money paid is the consideration for the vendor, and the property sold is the consideration for the purchaser.

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Example sentences
Colour is an added element of design that needs such careful consideration in a
After due consideration, it was decided that he must be expelled.
Clearly this deserves another twelve years of consideration.
If you haven't got any moral consideration for yourself, you ought to have some
  for your position in the community.
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