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[kuh n-sid-uh-rey-shuh n] /kənˌsɪd əˈreɪ ʃən/
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.
  1. something that suffices to make an informal promise legally binding, usually some value given in exchange for the promise.
  2. the hearing of a case by a tribunal.
in consideration of,
  1. in view of.
  2. 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
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for consideration
  • Colour is an added element of design that needs such careful consideration in a composition.
  • 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.
  • Nor, secondly, is the consent itself and the time it has continued a consideration of much worth.
  • He is one who raises himself from private consideration and breathes and lives on public and illustrious thoughts.
  • So you are a motor bus: all bounce and go, and no consideration for anyone.
  • My impression is, after many years of consideration, that there never can have been anybody in the world who played worse.
  • Applications without unofficial transcripts attached to the application will not receive consideration.
  • However, conference attendance is not required for consideration as a candidate for this position.
British Dictionary definitions for consideration


the act or an instance of considering; deliberation; contemplation
take into consideration, to bear in mind; consider
under consideration, being currently discussed or deliberated
a fact or circumstance to be taken into account when making a judgment or decision
on no consideration, for no reason whatsoever; never
thoughtfulness for other people; kindness
payment for a service; recompense; fee
thought resulting from deliberation; opinion
(law) the promise, object, etc, given by one party to persuade another to enter into a contract
estimation; esteem
in consideration of
  1. because of
  2. in return for
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Word Origin and History for consideration

mid-14c., "a beholding, looking at," also "keeping in mind," from Old French consideracion (12c., Modern French considération), from Latin considerationem (nominative consideratio) "consideration, contemplation, reflection," noun of action from past participle stem of considerare (see consider). Meaning "a taking into account" is from mid-15c.; that of "something given in payment" is from c.1600.

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Idioms and Phrases with consideration
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Encyclopedia Article for consideration

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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