What does consideration mean?

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

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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.

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

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  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. Jack Ciattarelli:

    I don't want people falling victim to wild conspiracy theories or online rumors, while consideration is paid to any and all credible reports, please don't believe everything you see or read online.

  2. Judd Deere:

    Based on careful analysis and thorough consideration, the President has decided to withdraw the rebate rule, the Trump administration is encouraged by continuing bipartisan conversations about legislation to reduce outrageous drug costs imposed on the American people.

  3. Steny Hoyer:

    I intend to go back and spend a week with my family, but after that to give this very careful consideration, because I think it's one of the more important decisions that I will be asked to make as a member of Congress.

  4. James McQuivey:

    If I were at Apple, I would think twice about re-inviting hacking troubles, which is so embarrassing especially when you're about to get into personal health and Apple Pay. You really want to show people you can preserve their information, in the case of Google Inc, they have probably been attacked so many times that the threat of being attacked again is so modest or minor in their consideration that they didn't think twice about this.

  5. Robin Parisotto:

    But there were values that were ... quite extreme and even taking into consideration confounding factors, there was really no disputing what that data was telling us.

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Translations for consideration

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  • 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

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    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    • A. interrupt
    • B. jeopardize
    • C. demolish
    • D. embark

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