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consideration

[kuh n-sid-uh-rey-shuh n] /kənˌsɪd əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of considering; careful thought; meditation; deliberation:
I will give your project full consideration.
2.
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.
3.
thoughtful or sympathetic regard or respect; thoughtfulness for others:
They showed no consideration for his feelings.
4.
a thought or reflection; an opinion based upon reflection.
5.
a recompense or payment, as for work done; compensation.
6.
importance or consequence.
7.
estimation; esteem:
He is held in great consideration by the community.
8.
Law.
  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.
Idioms
9.
in consideration of,
  1. in view of.
  2. in return or recompense for:
    She was offered money in consideration of her efforts.
10.
take into consideration, to take into account; consider:
We failed to take into consideration the large number of tourists attending the exhibition.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. reflection, contemplation, rumination, attention. 3. kindness, kindliness, concern. 5. remuneration, fee. 6. weight, significance, moment. 7. See honor.
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British Dictionary definitions for preconsideration

consideration

/kənˌsɪdəˈreɪʃən/
noun
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
  1. because of
  2. in return for
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Word Origin and History for preconsideration

consideration

n.

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 preconsideration
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Encyclopedia Article for preconsideration

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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