considerate

adjective

con·​sid·​er·​ate kən-ˈsi-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce considerate (audio)
1
: marked by or given to careful consideration : circumspect
"He is, I believe, in such a state of mental distress as to be hardly capable of giving me a considerate answer."Anthony Trollope
2
: thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others
He was considerate and turned down the stereo when we asked him to.
considerately adverb
considerateness noun

Examples of considerate in a Sentence

She is one of the most considerate people I know. He was considerate and turned down the stereo when we asked him to.
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Word History

Etymology

see consider

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of considerate was in 1572

Dictionary Entries Near considerate

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“Considerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/considerate. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

considerate

adjective
con·​sid·​er·​ate kən-ˈsid-(ə-)rət How to pronounce considerate (audio)
1
: tending to consider things carefully
2
: thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others
considerately adverb
considerateness noun

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