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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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Examples from the Web for considerately
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  • He helped Brightly to remove his wet garments and clothe himself in dry ones, and then he considerately left the room.

  • And Priscilla, very kindly and considerately, always did tell her.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • Donald did not find the money hard to take on its own merits, and he considerately obeyed the savage order.

    The Yacht Club Oliver Optic
  • He had considerately offered Rachel a chair with her back to the highway.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • At night he reached a native village, the chief of which considerately let him rest in an old hut.

    Hunting the Lions R.M. Ballantyne
  • But he could not do it, and considerately went somewhere else.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
  • Things were getting worse and worse at school, too, although Peter considerately concealed this from his mother.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • “He means dem and duff,” explained the Court Glover, considerately.

  • Alban's patient adherence to his own view—so courteously and considerately urged—was beginning to try her temper.

    I Say No Wilkie Collins
  • He looks seriously and considerately on things which we make light of.

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for considerately


thoughtful towards other people; kind
(rare) carefully thought out; considered
Derived Forms
considerately, adverb
considerateness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for considerately



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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