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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 Be considerate of other visitors who have come to enjoy the serenity of the environment. Melissa Yeager, USA TODAY, "Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 with free admission to national parks," 15 Jan. 2021 To combat that, Silander suggests learning about the fundamental value differences between liberals and conservatives in an objective and considerate way. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "How to talk politics with angry loved ones who disagree with you," 4 Nov. 2020 Don't take things personally, and focus on being more considerate and more of a team player when driving or in competitive situations. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 12, 2020: Cancer, watch for heads up on possible income stream; Libra, get in step," 12 Aug. 2020 Especially in a city where houses and apartments are close together, and now when the pandemic has outsize respiratory effects, try to be considerate of how a recreational fire will affect your neighbors. Washington Post, "Your firepit can be a respite during this coronavirus winter. Here’s how to use it safely.," 4 Dec. 2020 The Board remains considerate of rising COVID-19 cases in Illinois and understands the importance of adhering to safety guidelines for the good of all citizens. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "How COVID-19 has affected high school sports in Illinois, from March cancellations to the IHSA’s decision to ‘pause’ winter sports," 18 Nov. 2020 That’s great news for parents who want to raise considerate kids who can weather these often unkind times. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "The latest health kick for kids: kindness," 13 Nov. 2020 The rallies represent the greatest challenge yet to Lukashenko’s 26-year grip on power, but rather than cause damage, as many other revolutions have done, Belarus’s has been uniquely considerate. Washington Post, "Belarusian-style revolution means cleaning up after protests and stopping for red lights," 22 Sep. 2020 The considerate ones, the visitors, are happier people. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Lake house owner makes a distinction between ‘visitors’ and ‘vacationers’," 4 Sep. 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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22 Jan 2021

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“Considerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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