[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use considerate in a sentence

  • This considerateness on old Mr Clare's part led Angel onward to the other and dearer subject.

  • Between these two extremes there is room for a mistress who unites considerateness with self-respect.

    The Expert Maid-Servant | Cristine Terhune Herrick
  • It produced in her a false conscience, as though she were guilty of an unkindness, a lack of considerateness and perfect delicacy.

  • If Phil Arbuthnot should ever prove himself my worst enemy, I never could forget the considerateness of that morning.

    Rutledge | Miriam Coles Harris
  • The other surfmen noticed Joes manner, and silently criticised it by treating Walters youth with all the greater considerateness.

    Fighting the Sea | Edward A. Rand

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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