consideration

noun
con·​sid·​er·​a·​tion | \ kən-ˌsi-də-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce consideration (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Phoenix, suddenly desperate to get rid of the three-year, $35 million remaining on TJ Warren’s contract, traded him and a second-round draft pick to the Pacers for cash considerations. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns the big loser in 2019 NBA draft after questionable trades, picks," 21 June 2019 Karen Spiegelberg, who voted against the tower, said 5G is quickly being rolled out without any consideration of doing it in a safe way. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Despite safety concerns, a monopole tower to fill the void of wireless coverage in Oconomowoc will be constructed," 21 June 2019 Less consideration has been given to what divides the two tribes of Remainers and Leavers. The Economist, "How Brexit made Britain a country of Remainers and Leavers," 20 June 2019 Shanahan - meant to replace Jim Mattis, who left after clashing with Trump on Syria - bowed out of consideration following news reports of family violence allegations. al.com, "Trump launches reelection bid with familiar themes, redoubling focus on his most avid backers," 19 June 2019 Of these, 31 are women, including several who are worthy of consideration for the Mercer Award, including Joni Mitchell, Valerie Simpson (with her late husband Nickolas Ashford), Warren, Loretta Lynn, Cyndi Lauper and Carly Simon. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Carole Bayer Sager Will Be Just 6th Woman to Win Top Prize at Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards -- Who's Next?," 11 June 2019 Her lack of consideration for Jean’s life is cold when compared to Magneto’s passion. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Quiet Strengths of 'Dark Phoenix'," 8 June 2019 Aaron Brooks, who’d worked just once in the previous three weeks, took over in the sixth and went three scoreless innings, likely taking him out of consideration for Monday’s start at Tampa Bay, which could wind up being a bullpen game. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s drop both games of doubleheader at Texas," 8 June 2019 A year later, Katherine Heigl called out the Grey’s team for allegedly failing to give her material worthy of Emmy consideration. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "This is The Moment Grey's Anatomy Stopped Being Hell For Ellen Pompeo," 6 June 2019

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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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The first known use of consideration was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for consideration

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 How to pronounce consideration (audio) \

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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