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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Not because of political considerations but because of how the committee works. Allan Sloan, Washington Post, "Why this little known economic committee could — but probably won’t — sway the election," 30 Aug. 2019 But right now Johnson clearly looks like the better player and should get strong consideration to win the backup job. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Josh Johnson makes case for winning backup QB job," 30 Aug. 2019 This makes this odd trade consideration even odder for the Miami Dolphins, who aren’t planning to play in January. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Do Dolphins have deal with Houston — but not with Clowney?," 29 Aug. 2019 Contracts for several games involving schools from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference include financial considerations specific to their famous bands. Steve Berkowitz, Lila Bromberg And Andy Kostka, USA TODAY, "College football guarantee-game contracts: They cover much more than the money," 29 Aug. 2019 Given the cost and weight considerations of radiation shielding, NASA is eager to know just how much shielding will be required to protect astronauts. NBC News, "A trip to Mars could cause brain damage. Here's how NASA aims to protect astronauts.," 28 Aug. 2019 The potential setback seemed to be coming at the worst possible time, with the postseason two weeks away and Vandersloot’s push for MVP consideration beginning to take over the Twitterverse. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "Finding the Sky’s Limit: Just How Good Is Chicago as the Postseason Approaches?," 27 Aug. 2019 The names of certain individuals were redacted to strike an appropriate balance with the court’s order and client privacy considerations, according to the letter. Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times, "Deutsche Bank has Trump-related tax returns sought by House Democrats," 27 Aug. 2019 This course of action was taken after taking into consideration the past history between Fenech and one of our players, Justin Verlander. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Justin Verlander and the Astros are not above the rules, and their decision to deny a reporter access is a black eye for baseball," 24 Aug. 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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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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