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  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.
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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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Historical Examples of considerately

  • I fear she doesn't treat them too considerately, the poor little featherhead.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • Speak softly, deal gently, kindly, and considerately with her in every way.

  • "I don't mean to say that I have not a knapsack," she added, considerately.

  • "I will not keep you from them a moment," he added, considerately.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

  • And Priscilla, very kindly and considerately, always did tell her.

British Dictionary definitions for considerately


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



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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