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[ree-kuh n-sid-er] /ˌri kənˈsɪd ər/
verb (used with object)
to consider again, especially with a view to change of decision or action:
to reconsider a refusal.
Parliamentary Procedure. to take up for consideration a second time, as a motion or a vote, as with the view of reversing or modifying action taken.
verb (used without object)
to reconsider a matter.
Origin of reconsider
First recorded in 1565-75; re- + consider
Related forms
reconsideration, noun
unreconsidered, adjective
1. rethink, review, reexamine, reevaluate. Unabridged
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  • Having done that, he sat down again to reconsider the whole matter.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Ye told us this morning, gentlemen, to go away and reconsider our position.

    Strife (First Series Plays) John Galsworthy
  • We know how he attempted by letter to induce the King to reconsider his decision.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • The episode had made him reconsider, like a great sickness or a bereavement.

  • At the end of that time, if he has not arrived, I will reconsider the matter.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for reconsider


to consider (something) again, with a view to changing one's policy or course of action
(in a legislative assembly or similar body) to consider again (a bill or other matter) that has already been voted upon
Derived Forms
reconsideration, noun
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Word Origin and History for reconsider

1570s, from French reconsidérer and also from re- "back, again" + consider. Related: Reconsidered; reconsidering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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