con·sid·er·a·tion | \ kən-ˌsi-də-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of consideration 

1 : continuous and careful thought After long consideration he agreed to their requests.

2a : a matter weighed or taken into account when formulating an opinion or plan economic considerations forced her to leave college

b : a taking into account in consideration of the enormous difficulties involved

3 : thoughtful and sympathetic regard his consideration of the needs of others

4 : an opinion obtained by reflection his considerations favoring one profession over another

5 : esteem, regard … the family built themselves a large, ugly villa … and became people of consideration. —V. S. Pritchett

6a : recompense, payment a consideration paid for legal services

b : the inducement to a contract or other legal transaction specifically : an act or forbearance or the promise thereof done or given by one party in return for the act or promise of another

in consideration of

: as payment or recompense for a small fee in consideration of many kind services

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Synonyms & Antonyms for consideration


account, advisement, debate, deliberation, reflection, study, thought


short shrift

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Examples of consideration in a Sentence

You should give some serious consideration to your retirement plans. After careful consideration, he agreed to their requests. Show some consideration and turn down that radio. Finding a house close to work was an important consideration for them. Economic considerations forced her to delay her education.
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The monarch butterfly was submitted for consideration for the federal endangered species list in 2014 and the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be announced June 2019. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 Films for consideration include Amityville: The Evil Escapes, Don't Go In The House, Day of the Animals, Grizzly, The Convent and House on Sorority Row, all of which have been digitally remastered. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Bloody Disgusting, Trafalgar, Multicom Team for "Retro Nightmares" Cult Horror Re-Releases," 13 July 2018 Although season seven of Game of Thrones aired in summer 2017, due to the Emmys’ eligibility cutoff, the HBO drama had to wait until this year to submit anything for consideration. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Game of Thrones' Lannisters Ruled Over the 2018 Emmy Nominations With an Iron Fist," 12 July 2018 In August, the group will choose the candidate from this year’s senior pool (careers ending 25 or more years ago) for consideration by the broader voting group for the Class of 2019. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Amid Hall of Fame campaign, Chiefs great Johnny Robinson stands for something more," 5 July 2018 It must be approved by the full Assembly and Senate to be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "California lawmakers agree on plan for 'strongest net neutrality protection' in nation," 5 July 2018 However, staff expanded the area for consideration to include a total of 11 areas that are completely surrounded by the city's corporate borders, according to Barksdale-Noble. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville looking to annex 152 acres of unincorporated land," 4 July 2018 The Neighborhood Advisory Committee is very pleased that the committee moved the Cass Henry Block to full council for consideration. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit City Council to vote on preserving Ilitch-owned, blighted Cass buildings," 29 June 2018 The bill, which the House passed 61-29, will now head to the Senate for consideration. Marilyn Icsman,, "'Pastor Protection Act' passed by the Ohio House," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of consideration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consideration

see consider

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English Language Learners Definition of consideration

: careful thought : the act of thinking carefully about something you will make a decision about

: a desire to avoid doing something that will make another person sad, upset, angry, etc.

: something that you think about when you make a choice or decision


con·sid·er·ation | \ kən-ˌsi-də-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of consideration

1 : careful thought : deliberation Give my idea some serious consideration.

2 : thoughtfulness for other people

3 : something that needs to be thought over carefully before deciding or acting

4 : a payment made in return for something



Legal Definition of consideration 

: something (as an act or forbearance or the promise thereof) done or given by one party for the act or promise of another — see also contract — compare motive

Note: Except in Louisiana, consideration is a necessary element to the creation of a contract. The consideration must result from bargaining by the parties, and must be the thing that induces the mutual promises.

adequate consideration

: a consideration that is reasonably equivalent in value to the thing for which it is given

fair consideration

: a consideration that is reasonable and given in good faith specifically : something with a reasonably equivalent value that under the laws of fraudulent conveyances is given in good faith in exchange for the transfer of property

good consideration

1 : a consideration based on a family relationship or natural love and affection

2 : valuable consideration in this entry

Note: As defined in sense 1, good consideration is the opposite of valuable consideration, though it is sometimes used to mean valuable consideration. Good consideration of the kind denoted by sense 1 cannot create an enforceable contract.

new consideration

: something according to section 6-106 of the Uniform Commercial Code that becomes payable in exchange for the transfer of bulk goods

nominal consideration

: consideration consisting of a nominal amount

past consideration

: something that has already been given or some act that has already been performed that cannot therefore be induced by the other party's thing, act, or promise in exchange and is not truly a consideration

valuable consideration

: a consideration that confers some benefit having pecuniary value on one party to a contract or imposes a detriment having pecuniary value on the other

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