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[ree-kuh n-sid-er] /ˌri kənˈsɪd ər/
verb (used with object)
to consider again, especially with a view to change of decision or action:
to reconsider a refusal.
Parliamentary Procedure. to take up for consideration a second time, as a motion or a vote, as with the view of reversing or modifying action taken.
verb (used without object)
to reconsider a matter.
1565-75; re- + consider
Related forms
reconsideration, noun
unreconsidered, adjective
1. rethink, review, reexamine, reevaluate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reconsider
  • The only way to bring it up again is to move to reconsider the vote by which the words were inserted.
  • It cannot be made if the question can be reached by calling up the motion to reconsider which has been previously made.
  • When it is too late to renew it, the motion to reconsider cannot be withdrawn without unanimous consent.
  • If she comes clean to her editor or agent about her plan, they beg or command her to reconsider.
  • It is a time to commemorate, consider, and reconsider.
  • His critiques led me to reconsider my own creative process.
  • But they had to reconsider how users would control on-screen game elements.
  • The nature of quantum mechanics has forced researchers to reconsider their own role in the process of science.
  • Having said that, governments have to reconsider seriously the approach of selling frequency licences.
  • If your vacation plans for next year include a crowded beach and a mobbed golf course, you may want to reconsider.
British Dictionary definitions for reconsider


to consider (something) again, with a view to changing one's policy or course of action
(in a legislative assembly or similar body) to consider again (a bill or other matter) that has already been voted upon
Derived Forms
reconsideration, noun
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Word Origin and History for reconsider

1570s, from French reconsidérer and also from re- "back, again" + consider. Related: Reconsidered; reconsidering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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