consideration

noun
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Singapore Airlines has configured its long-haul aircraft with just premium economy and business class seats—something Qantas is now taking into consideration for its ultra-long-haul aircraft of the future. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Others agree that women's rights are a noble cause, but that men's rights aren't given the same consideration. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 Altitude and Elevation Altitude and elevation are two things that thru-hikers must always take into consideration when setting out on a long-distance trek. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "9 Things to Know Before You Hike the Pacific Crest Trail," 5 Nov. 2018 Designing buildings to be more efficient is certainly key to combatting climate change, but cities must also take into consideration how a building’s occupants get there. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "19 mayors pledge to make all new buildings net-zero by 2030," 23 Aug. 2018 Civil War buffs traditionally don’t give Houston much consideration. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 But formula certainly isn’t free, and neither is breastfeeding, if a woman’s time is at all taken into consideration. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Trump Would Love to Declare a Mommy War," 10 July 2018 Starting from a list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups, Trump has also given serious consideration to federal appeals court judges Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen. BostonGlobe.com, "Announcement of Trump’s Supreme Court choice nears," 8 July 2018 People appreciate that nonhuman animals deserve our moral consideration too. Sean Illing, Vox, "How to do good better," 14 Dec. 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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consideration

noun

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

consideration

noun
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

consideration

noun
con·​sid·​er·​a·​tion

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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