What does consideration mean?

Definitions for consideration
kənˌsɪd əˈreɪ ʃəncon·sid·er·a·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word consideration.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. considerationnoun

    the process of giving careful thought to something

  2. circumstance, condition, considerationnoun

    information that should be kept in mind when making a decision

    "another consideration is the time it would take"

  3. considerationnoun

    a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting)

    "consideration of the traffic problem took more than an hour"

  4. consideration, considerateness, thoughtfulnessnoun

    kind and considerate regard for others

    "he showed no consideration for her feelings"

  5. retainer, considerationnoun

    a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone

  6. consideration, thoughtfulnessnoun

    a considerate and thoughtful act


  1. considerationnoun

    The thought process of considering, of taking everything into account.

    After much consideration, I have decided to stay.

  2. considerationnoun

    Something considered as a reason or ground for a (possible) decision.

  3. considerationnoun

    The tendency to consider others.

  4. considerationnoun

    A payment or other recompense for something done.

    Sure I'll move my car, but only for a consideration.

  5. considerationnoun

    A matter of inducement for something promised; something valuable given as recompense for a promise, which causes the promise to become binding as a contract.

  6. Etymology: from consideratio. See consider. Compare considereson

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Considerationnoun

    Etymology: from consider.

    As to present happiness and misery, when that alone comes in consideration, and the consequences are removed, a man never chuses amiss. John Locke.

    Let us think with consideration, and consider with acknowledging, and acknowledge with admiration. Philip Sidney.

    The breath no sooner left his father’s body,
    But that his wildness mortified in him;
    Consideration, like an angel, came,
    And whipt th’ offending Adam out of him. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    The love you bear to Mopsa hath brought you to the consideration of her virtues, and that consideration may have made you the more virtuous, and so the more worthy. Philip Sidney.

    Lucan is the only author of consideration among the Latin poets, who was not explained for the use of the dauphin, because the whole Pharsalia would have been a satire upon the French form of government. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 40.

    We are provident enough not to part with any thing serviceable to our bodies under a good consideration, but make little account of our souls. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Foreigners can never take our bills for payment, though they might pass as valuable considerations among your own people. John Locke.

    He had been made general upon very partial, and not enough deliberated considerations. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    He was obliged, antecedent to all other considerations, to search an asylum. John Dryden, Virg. Æn. Dedication.

    The world cannot pardon your concealing it, on the same consideration. John Dryden, Juv. Dedication.

    Not led by any commandment, yet moved with such considerations as have been before set down. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 95.

    Uses, not thought upon before, be reasonable causes of retaining that which other considerations did procure to be instituted. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 42.

    The consideration, in regard whereof the law forbiddeth these things, was not because those nations did use them. Hook.


  1. Consideration

    Consideration is a concept of English common law and is a necessity for simple contracts but not for special contracts (contracts by deed). The concept has been adopted by other common law jurisdictions. The court in Currie v Misa declared consideration to be a “Right, Interest, Profit, Benefit, or Forbearance, Detriment, Loss, Responsibility”. Thus, consideration is a promise of something of value given by a promissor in exchange for something of value given by a promisee; and typically the thing of value is goods, money, or an act. Forbearance to act, such as an adult promising to refrain from smoking, is enforceable only if one is thereby surrendering a legal right.Consideration may be thought of as the concept of value offered and accepted by people or organisations entering into contracts. Anything of value promised by one party to the other when making a contract can be treated as "consideration": for example, if A contracts to buy a car from B for $5,000, A's consideration is the promise of $5,000, and B's consideration is the promise of the car. Additionally, if A signs a contract with B such that A will paint B's house for $500, A's consideration is the service of painting B's house, and B's consideration is $500 paid to A. Further if A signs a contract with B such that A will not repaint his own house in any other colour than white, and B will pay A $500 per year to keep this deal up, there is also a consideration. Although A did not promise to affirmatively do anything, A did promise not to do something that he was allowed to do, and so A did pass consideration. A's consideration to B is the forbearance in painting his own house in a colour other than white, and B's consideration to A is $500 per year. Conversely, if A signs a contract to buy a car from B for $0, B's consideration is still the car, but A is giving no consideration, and so there is no valid contract. However, if B still gives the title to the car to A, then B cannot take the car back, since, while it may not be a valid contract, it is a valid gift. In common law it is a prerequisite that both parties offer consideration before a contract can be thought of as binding. The doctrine of consideration is irrelevant in many jurisdictions, although contemporary commercial litigant relations have held the relationship between a promise and a deed is a reflection of the nature of contractual considerations. If there is no element of consideration found, there is thus no contract formed. However, even if a court decides there is no contract, there might be a possible recovery under the doctrines of quantum meruit (sometimes referred to as a quasi-contract) or promissory estoppel.


  1. consideration

    Consideration is a concept in contract law which refers to something of value given or promised by one party to another in exchange for something else of value, forming part of the reason or inducement to enter into a contract. It could take various forms such as money, goods, services, or a promise to perform or restrain from performing certain actions. For a contract to be legally enforceable, it usually must involve consideration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Considerationnoun

    the act or process of considering; continuous careful thought; examination; contemplation; deliberation; attention

  2. Considerationnoun

    attentive respect; appreciative regard; -- used especially in diplomatic or stately correspondence

  3. Considerationnoun

    thoughtful or sympathetic regard or notice

  4. Considerationnoun

    claim to notice or regard; some degree of importance or consequence

  5. Considerationnoun

    the result of delibration, or of attention and examonation; matured opinion; a reflection; as, considerations on the choice of a profession

  6. Considerationnoun

    that which is, or should be, taken into account as a ground of opinion or action; motive; reason

  7. Considerationnoun

    the cause which moves a contracting party to enter into an agreement; the material cause of a contract; the price of a stripulation; compensation; equivalent

  8. Etymology: [L. consideratio: cf. F. considration.]

Editors Contribution

  1. consideration

    The act, fact and process of being considerate.

    The unity government did give some consideration to businesses and SME and citizens with a range of supports.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consideration' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1946

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consideration' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1942

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consideration' in Nouns Frequency: #606

How to pronounce consideration?

How to say consideration in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consideration in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consideration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of consideration in a Sentence

  1. Keenan Reynolds:

    It's definitely a blessing to be in consideration, to finish where my name was kind of in consideration for a potential finalist, obviously, I would have loved to go on to New York, but it didn't work out that way. The fans were overly supportive and I'm truly thankful for that.

  2. Confucius:

    The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.

  3. Albert Einstein:

    One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.

  4. President Trump:

    My only consideration is the well-being of the people of Puerto Rico, my only consideration was getting the best available information and the truth out there.

  5. Steven Rabinowitz:

    Agreements, including NDAs, are binding if there is consideration in entering into them, the consideration can be awfully slight. So, here the opportunity to spend time with Sheen is likely enough.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for consideration

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الاعتبارArabic
  • обмисляне, съображение, загриженостBulgarian
  • betragtningDanish
  • Überlegung, Erwägung, Vergütung, RücksichtGerman
  • consideraciónSpanish
  • توجهPersian
  • korvaus, harkinta, harkitseminen, hienotunteisuus, huomaavaisuus, maksu, palkkioFinnish
  • considérationFrench
  • תמורה, התחשבותHebrew
  • considerazioneItalian
  • whaiwhakaaroMāori
  • vergoeding, tegemoetkoming, voorkomendheid, overleg, considerans, beraad, overwegingDutch
  • consideraçãoPortuguese
  • considerație, recompensă, respect, considerent, motiv, considerareRomanian
  • уваже́ние, соображе́ние, предупреди́тельность, моти́в, обсужде́ние, рассмотре́ние, размышле́ние, компенса́ция, ве́жливость, уважи́тельность, возмеще́ниеRussian
  • promišljanjeSerbo-Croatian
  • hänsynSwedish
  • கருத்தில்Tamil
  • غورUrdu

Get even more translations for consideration »


Find a translation for the consideration definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"consideration." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 11 Dec. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/consideration>.

Discuss these consideration definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for consideration? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    without the natural or usual covering
    • A. elate
    • B. efface
    • C. denudate
    • D. rumpus

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for consideration: