con·​sid·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈsi-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce considerate (audio) \

Definition of considerate

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.

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Other Words from considerate

considerately adverb
considerateness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for considerate


attentive, kind, solicitous, thoughtful


heedless, inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking

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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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But for anyone with misgivings — or those who live upstairs without an elevator — maybe wait until Boosted makes a version more considerate of your upper body strength. Time, "We Rode Boosted's New Rev Electric Scooter. Here's What it's Like," 11 July 2019 But Mitchel's mother Rina says her son was a considerate man and a loving father with no history of violent behavior. CBS News, "American man says Anguilla resort worker he killed was "crazed and desperate"," 20 Aug. 2019 Jonathan Gaska, managing director of Community Board 14, which includes Rockaway, said the riders could be more considerate, but also argued that some people just like to complain. Lara Korte And, WSJ, "Rockaway Residents Stumble Over Dockless Bike Program," 21 July 2018 Let’s be considerate, let’s be empathetic and let’s always take care of our people. Fox News, "Jason Momoa, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson defend Mauna Kea protesters," 1 Aug. 2019 This is one of the most considerate meditations on mental health issues available in podcasts today. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Best History Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 31 July 2019 These perks are often advertised as proof that a company is inclusive, considerate of employees of all ages and in various phases of their careers, which is admirable. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "It isn’t just new parents who deserve paid leave," 25 July 2019 Social ambition exercises a narcotic effect on these otherwise considerate adults. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Parents will stop at nothing to get their kids into a prestigious school," 16 July 2019 Ludington told Reznick the letters paint a picture of someone who is considerate and caring. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "Former village police chief sentenced to prison in firearms scheme," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of considerate

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for considerate

see consider

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English Language Learners Definition of considerate

: thinking about the rights and feelings of other people : showing kindness toward other people


con·​sid·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈsi-də-rət How to pronounce considerate (audio) \

Kids Definition of considerate

: thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others

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