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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Another offered a viable list of talented women country singers for consideration. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Responded to the ACMs Controversy With an Epic Public Jab," 8 Apr. 2019 Naturally, there are restrictions on which polls qualify for consideration. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Which Democratic Candidates Have Qualified for the Primary Debates at This Point?," 29 Mar. 2019 Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Cyntoia Brown, Sentenced to Life in Prison as a Juvenile Victim of Sex Trafficking, Will Finally Go Free," 7 Jan. 2019 The proposed law is scheduled for consideration by the full, nine-member council on July 31. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Proposed San Diego law would prohibit landlord bias against people with federal housing vouchers," 2 July 2018 Following consideration by the community groups, the standards will be reviewed by the San Diego County Planning Commission in August and the county Board of Supervisors is expected to take final action on it two months later. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Design groups weigh mixed-use densities, historic trees," 3 July 2018 The acquisition is now under consideration by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Wanda Plans $1.78B Consolidation of Film Assets," 26 June 2018 Like any procedure, veneers require thought and consideration — and knowing the right questions to ask. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 The big consideration here is skin cancer and how often you should be screened for it. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Exactly How Often You Really Need to See Different Kinds of Doctors," 17 Jan. 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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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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