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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Away from the pitch, Nicholson was known to be considerate and loyal., "Bill Nicholson: Mr Tottenham Hotspur, the First Double Winning Manager of the 20th Century," 13 June 2019 The book illustrates how adults and authorities can help guide kids toward becoming considerate, productive people. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Program invented by Klein ISD police getting statewide attention," 13 June 2019 This includes measures such as better funding for transport, help with childcare, making timings more considerate to family life, and ensuring that chairs give equal time to panelists. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Economics needs to do more than attract women to solve its gender problem," 11 June 2019 Three words that best describe you: Chatterbox, social, friendly, welcoming, silly, caring and considerate. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Teacher Feature: Tapping into kids' curiosity to make a difference," 7 June 2019 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

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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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