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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Prosocial behavior considered how much the children were considerate of others' feelings and helpful if someone was hurt, upset or sick. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "A family dog could help your preschooler learn social and emotional skills, study finds," 5 July 2020 More can be gained by speaking your mind than by brooding in silence, but be considerate of others. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 30, 2020: Cancer, careful of unrealistic expectations; Libra, expect positive attention today," 30 June 2020 Be very considerate and correct in all your dealings with others., "Horoscope," 30 June 2020 Those who are considerate, warm, and sympathetic are more likely to build collaborative relationships and be strong in relationship building, a competency that helps establish bonds and trust across distance. Tomoko Yokoi, Quartz at Work, "Do you have the right personality traits for remote work?," 17 June 2020 In other words, on top of making movies in a genre that’s already culturally sidelined, Musk is bringing to it a process—the constant and considerate involvement of fans—that’s regarded by critics and many moviegoers as superficial and unartistic. Hallie Lieberman, Wired, "The Musk of Romance," 11 June 2020 Whether governments are ready to reopen borders or airlines are prepared to restart flights, the onus remains on travelers to be conscious and considerate in their actions to keep the islands safe. Tara Donaldson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Caribbean Islands Will Begin Reopening to Americans in June," 28 May 2020 The news is filled with pieces of info that support or debunk one’s theory about who is being considerate, observant or cautious. Bill Torpy, ajc, "OPINION: Can’t hide from a mask divide that’s now fully exposed," 27 May 2020 Stay safe and please be considerate of one another. Popular Science, "You should start eating bugs. Here’s how.," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Considerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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