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

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 Stay safe and please be considerate of one another. Popular Science, "You should start eating bugs. Here’s how.," 22 Apr. 2020 Be considerate of employees who will have to clean up your mess. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Follow these 13 steps to stay safe while grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 Tonight: Be as charming and considerate as possible., "Horoscope," 10 Jan. 2020 Having alternate options for holiday guests who are conscious eaters or have dietary concerns is considerate and will definitely boost your hosting status to the next level. Claire Perez,, "True Food Kitchen’s Squash pie a seasonal treat (plus it’s vegan and gluten-free)," 4 Oct. 2019 The most important trait to have for being a great team player is to be respectful and considerate. NBC News, "3 ways to become a better team player at work," 4 Feb. 2020 For almost two weeks, the city was riveted by the befuddling and unsettling disappearance of the responsible and considerate young man. Tribune Media Services, al, "Alabama woman finds toys given to grandfather are link to 1947 murder," 5 Jan. 2020 But in a world where both men and women are expected to be considerate and generous and kind to their colleagues? Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Can nice women get ahead at work?," 19 Sep. 2019 For example, using please and thank you and being considerate toward peers. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks,, "Character Counts: Eagles Landing Middle student dedicated to success," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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11 May 2020

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“Considerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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


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Kids Definition of considerate

: thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others

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