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[in-kuh n-sid-er-it] /ˌɪn kənˈsɪd ər ɪt/
without due regard for the rights or feelings of others:
It was inconsiderate of him to keep us waiting.
acting without consideration; thoughtless; heedless.
overhasty; rash; ill-considered:
slovenly, inconsiderate reasoning.
Origin of inconsiderate
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin inconsīderātus. See in-3, considerate
Related forms
inconsiderately, adverb
inconsiderateness, inconsideration, noun
1. insensitive, uncaring, rude. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inconsiderate
  • It never pays to be discourteous, tactless or inconsiderate to anyone.
  • Why it matters: because one doesn't wish to be rude or inconsiderate to colleagues.
  • It could reasonably be argued by those who are inconsiderate of others that it is the unaffected majority who are delusional.
  • On the one hand, he said, riders are wary of being trapped next to inconsiderate cellphone users inside subway cars.
  • It is inconsiderate of smokers to be oblivious of this reality.
  • But his rash and inconsiderate course soon vanquished such feelings.
  • However, this tool may be completely inconsiderate of the stakes of others' daughters.
  • Renters are far more likely to be trashy and inconsiderate.
  • She explained that the restroom had been closed because a small number of inconsiderate patrons had repeatedly broken the toilet.
  • It might have been a little inconsiderate to raid through your children's things.
British Dictionary definitions for inconsiderate


lacking in care or thought for others; heedless; thoughtless
(rare) insufficiently considered
Derived Forms
inconsiderately, adverb
inconsiderateness, inconsideration, noun
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Word Origin and History for inconsiderate

late 15c., "done thoughtlessly," literally "not properly considered," from Latin inconsideratus "headstrong, unadvised, thoughtless," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + consideratus (see consider). Related: Inconsiderately; inconsiderateness.

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