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[kuh n-sid-er-it] /kənˈsɪd ər ɪt/
showing kindly awareness or regard for another's feelings, circumstances, etc.:
a very considerate critic.
carefully considered; deliberate.
marked by consideration or reflection; deliberate; prudent.
Origin of considerate
late Middle English
1375-1425 for earlier sense; 1565-75 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin consīderātus (past participle of consīderāre to consider), equivalent to consīderā- (stem of consīderāre) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
considerately, adverb
considerateness, noun
overconsiderate, adjective
overconsiderately, adverb
overconsiderateness, noun
quasi-considerate, adjective
quasi-considerately, adverb
1. kind, patient, concerned. See thoughtful. Unabridged
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  • How just, how love-careful he was not to ask her—considerate for her more than himself!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • And it was considerate of you not to employ it in this instance.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Being so considerate as to visit me, I hope you will be likewise so considerate as to overlook that.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • And don't be one-sided, my dear madam; it's not considerate, it's not kind.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Yet I am sure they are both so considerate, good-humoured, and reasonable, that he might spare them.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for considerate


thoughtful towards other people; kind
(rare) carefully thought out; considered
Derived Forms
considerately, adverb
considerateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for considerate

1570s, "marked by deliberation," from Latin consideratus, past participle of considerare (see consider). Of persons, "deliberate, prudent," 1580s; meaning "showing consideration for others" is from c.1700. Related: Considerately; considerateness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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