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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Based on a small but powerful book by Johns Hopkins University Professor P.M. Forni, Choose Civility outlines simple rules of considerate conduct that go beyond good manners. Aegis Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford County is launching a local Choose Civility campaign," 21 June 2018 Patients and staff describe Dr. Carmichael as passionate about her work, soft-spoken and considerate, and funny. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 The importance of having a considerate partner can’t be understated either. Kavin Senapathy, SELF, "You Can Probably Have Sex 6 Weeks After Giving Birth—But You Don’t Have to. And it Might Suck," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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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something valued as if it were money

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