con·​sid·​er·​ate | \kən-ˈsi-d(ə-)rət \

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

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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Richard will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, god-father and generous considerate friend, someone who could fix anything and always offer a helping hand. Hartford Courant,, "Richard John Papapietro," 19 June 2018 Cashman asked Gossage to be more considerate, in part because the Yankees have one of baseball’s largest analytics staffs. New York Times, "An Exiled Old-Timer, Goose Gossage Still Won’t Back Down," 15 June 2018 Friends and co-workers called her kind and considerate, with a big heart. Chip Reid, CBS News, "Victims of Capital Gazette shooting remembered at vigil," 29 June 2018 It’s unclear if Japan’s example inspired them, or if Senegal’s fans are just similarly considerate and tidy. Alex Ward, Vox, "Japanese World Cup fans cleaned up the stadium after they won. Now others are doing it.," 20 June 2018 Those votes made sense if e-bikers will be considerate of others, trail manager Kristen Myers said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Why electric bikes aren't always welcome on Michigan's trails," 29 May 2018 And, like, every supermodel ever. Update, 6/29: Princess Charlotte is being christened July 5, the timing of which is simultaneously considerate (FREEDOM! Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Why Princess Charlotte Won't Wear a Dress Until Her Next Birthday," 22 Sep. 2015 Please be more considerate to those in your actual physical vicinity. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: navigating Seattle Children’s hospital," 5 June 2018 Then to use that economic security to create fantastic, secure households to raise thoughtful, considerate, empathetic children. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: NYU professor Scott Galloway answers listener questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of considerate

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for considerate

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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 \

Kids Definition of considerate

: thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others

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