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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Published in 2017, the essay feels entirely up to date in its considerations of gender, race and the law. David Mason, WSJ, "‘Stories’ and ‘True Stories’ Review: Life, Pinned to the Page," 13 July 2018 Another strategy under consideration is installing a pumping plant at the choke point to move water through, although DeFlitch said the costs of operating the pumps would be substantial. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 In her consideration for the prize Brakeman joins the ranks of some pretty impressive comedic giants and memoirists, including David Sedaris, Bob Newhart, Dave Berry and Paula Poundstone, a fellow semifinalist for this year’s award. Sara Cardine,, "LCF author Kristen Brakeman named semifinalist in Thurber Prize for Humor contest," 12 July 2018 Just being one of the final four under consideration was noteworthy since the longtime Notre Dame Law School professor has been on the federal bench for less than a year. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Barrett passed over for high court, but Donnelly still faces tough choice," 9 July 2018 There are three main options under consideration for relocating the busway, with multiple variations on each. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Courant Community, "Hartford's Union Station May Be Used By CTfastrak Under Redevelopment Plan," 9 July 2018 Van der Vaart's name had previously been under consideration for a position within the Trump administration. Niina Heikkinen, Scientific American, "Environmental Advocates Will Keep Pressure on Pruitt's Successor at EPA," 6 July 2018 The lack of Champions League football with Chelsea next season could also come under consideration for Willian when considering offers made by both Barcelona and United., "Man Utd Set to Test Chelsea's Resolve for Willian Amid Rumours of Rejected Barcelona Approach," 30 June 2018 And what the Supreme Court ruled here was very correct which is that if a statute gives the authority to the president then the motivation isn't really part of what their consideration should be. Fox News, "Mike Huckabee: Peter Fonda ought to be in jail," 27 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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