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considerate

[kuh n-sid-er-it]
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adjective
  1. showing kindly awareness or regard for another's feelings, circumstances, etc.: a very considerate critic.
  2. carefully considered; deliberate.
  3. marked by consideration or reflection; deliberate; prudent.
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Origin of considerate

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 formscon·sid·er·ate·ly, adverbcon·sid·er·ate·ness, nouno·ver·con·sid·er·ate, adjectiveo·ver·con·sid·er·ate·ly, adverbo·ver·con·sid·er·ate·ness, nounqua·si-con·sid·er·ate, adjectivequa·si-con·sid·er·ate·ly, adverb

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1. kind, patient, concerned. See thoughtful.
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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

considerate

adjective
  1. thoughtful towards other people; kind
  2. rare carefully thought out; considered
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Derived Formsconsiderately, adverbconsiderateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for considerate

adj.

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.

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