noun con·sid·er·a·tion \ kən-ˌsi-də-ˈrā-shən \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of consideration

1 : continuous and careful thought
  • After long consideration he agreed to their requests.
2 a : 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
6 a : 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

Examples of consideration in a Sentence

  1. You should give some serious consideration to your retirement plans.

  2. After careful consideration, he agreed to their requests.

  3. Show some consideration and turn down that radio.

  4. Finding a house close to work was an important consideration for them.

  5. Economic considerations forced her to delay her education.

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Origin and Etymology of consideration

CONSIDERATION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of consideration for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


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

Definition of consideration for Students

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

Law Dictionary


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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