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 formsre·con·sid·er·a·tion, nounun·re·con·sid·ered, adjective

Synonyms for reconsider Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of reconsider

Historical Examples of reconsider

  • 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.

  • 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 Formsreconsideration, 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.

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