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[in-kuh n-sid-er-it] /ˌɪn kənˈsɪd ər ɪt/
without due regard for the rights or feelings of others:
It was inconsiderate of him to keep us waiting.
acting without consideration; thoughtless; heedless.
overhasty; rash; ill-considered:
slovenly, inconsiderate reasoning.
Origin of inconsiderate
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75; late Middle English word from Latin word inconsīderātus. See in-3, considerate
Related forms
inconsiderately, adverb
inconsiderateness, inconsideration, noun
1. insensitive, uncaring, rude. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inconsiderate
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  • Sometimes it is conferred by an unfriendly and inconsiderate hand.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The proposition will stand, whatever may happen to the inconsiderate head.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Often it is impossible to tell what inconsiderate trifle puts her off her stride.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • This worthless life is too valuable for inconsiderate squandering.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • We, O Clearchus, are not so foolish or so inconsiderate; 22.

  • As I read the passage, I could not but feel that the master was rather selfish and inconsiderate.

    The Calvary Road Roy Hession
  • And, should she have been inconsiderate, he will be celebrated for his generosity and forbearance.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • And then—it was most inconsiderate, most painful to Mr Neeld—she began to cry.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • I have been blind, inconsiderate; but I am seeing light at last.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for inconsiderate


lacking in care or thought for others; heedless; thoughtless
(rare) insufficiently considered
Derived Forms
inconsiderately, adverb
inconsiderateness, inconsideration, noun
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Word Origin and History for inconsiderate

late 15c., "done thoughtlessly," literally "not properly considered," from Latin inconsideratus "headstrong, unadvised, thoughtless," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + consideratus (see consider). Related: Inconsiderately; inconsiderateness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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