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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 inconsiderateness
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  • His inconsiderateness has been a pair of spectacles to me for months.

  • If they do it inadvertently, it is carelessness; if designedly, inconsiderateness.

    De Officiis Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • That they be done in prudence, and not with folly, rashness, or inconsiderateness.

  • Their inconsiderateness, their indifference to the comfort of their passengers.

    John Marvel, Assistant Thomas Nelson Page
  • Her dearest friends, her own brother were prodigies of inconsiderateness.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation

    Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • Perhaps I had too rashly over-leaped conventionalities; and he, like St. John, saw impropriety in my inconsiderateness.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • We must beware of the indolence that lays upon Providence the burden of troubles that are really due to our own inconsiderateness.

  • Or who in such straits, would permit themselves to be distracted either by Hypocrisy or inconsiderateness?

    The Sleeping Bard Ellis Wynne
  • He is a thoroughly admirable person in all but his inconsiderateness in this waste of a precious life.

    The Brownings

    Lilian Whiting
  • Baulked of his quarry by the inconsiderateness of the mate, Jerry trotted back to the head of the companion to wait for Skipper.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for inconsiderateness


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 inconsiderateness



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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