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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.

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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Examples from the Web for considerateness

Historical Examples

  • He has obliged me much by this little mark of his considerateness.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • On that last point I must dilate a little; on the point of Considerateness.

    To My Younger Brethren

    Handley C. G. Moule

  • I guess your unbroken reserve was meant for considerateness.

    The Tyranny of Weakness

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Instead of that, I have locked it up out of consideration for you; and what do I get for my considerateness?

    A Laodicean

    Thomas Hardy

  • Lady Dunstane thought it an occasion to praise him for his considerateness.


British Dictionary definitions for considerateness

considerate

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

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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