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.

Other Words from considerate

considerately adverb
considerateness noun

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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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First Known Use of considerate

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for considerate

see consider

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“Considerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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