[ kuhn-sid-er-it ]
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  1. showing kindly awareness or regard for another's feelings, circumstances, etc.: a very considerate critic.

  2. carefully considered; deliberate.

  1. marked by consideration or reflection; deliberate; prudent.

Origin of considerate

First recorded in 1375–1425 for earlier sense; 1565–75 for current senses; late Middle English, from Latin consīderātus (past participle of consīderāre “to examine, consider” ), equivalent to consīderā- (stem of consīderāre) + -tus past participle suffix; see consider

synonym study For considerate

1. See thoughtful.

Other words for considerate

Other words from considerate

  • con·sid·er·ate·ly, adverb
  • con·sid·er·ate·ness, noun
  • o·ver·con·sid·er·ate, adjective
  • o·ver·con·sid·er·ate·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·con·sid·er·ate·ness, noun
  • qua·si-con·sid·er·ate, adjective
  • qua·si-con·sid·er·ate·ly, adverb

Words Nearby considerate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use considerate in a sentence

  • I am not afraid of being crushed, for no doubt you would always remember to be polite, if not considerate.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • My chief was as kind and considerate as ever, and I confided to him the thoughts that disturbed me.

  • He received what she said with suitably impressed eyebrow and nods of considerate assent.

    Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • Conventional, polite, considerate, and a great respecter of persons in authority was the Chinese sage.

  • I think I can risk my case as to care and friendship with a man who is considerate to little bears.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney

British Dictionary definitions for considerate


/ (kənˈsɪdərɪt) /

  1. thoughtful towards other people; kind

  2. rare carefully thought out; considered

Derived forms of considerate

  • considerately, adverb
  • considerateness, noun

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