re·​con·​sid·​er | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈsi-dər \
reconsidered; reconsidering; reconsiders

Definition of reconsider

transitive verb

: to consider again especially with a view to changing or reversing

intransitive verb

: to consider something again

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Other Words from reconsider

reconsideration \ ˌrē-​kən-​ˌsi-​də-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun

Examples of reconsider in a Sentence

She refused to reconsider her decision not to loan us the money. Local opposition has forced the company to reconsider building a new warehouse here. We hope you will reconsider.
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Snyder said, at which point the board could reconsider the tax exemption. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Assessor: 'Multiple discrepancies' in Porter County tax exemption documents," 9 July 2018 Yale University and other institutions such as University of Michigan have recently adopted policies about how to deal with requests to reconsider names of existing buildings. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "SCAD Building Named After Clarence Thomas Sparks Opposing Petitions," 22 Oct. 2018 Conservative House Republicans ultimately tanked the farm bill over their immigration priorities, but Ryan made a motion to reconsider, and the House could try and vote on it again next week. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Rep. Young nabs Alaska exemption from Forest Service rule in House farm bill," 18 May 2018 Mueller said in a court filing late Friday in a response to a request from Manafort to reconsider his bail conditions. Andrew M Harris,, "Mueller Opposes Manafort Request to Change Bail Citing Fraud," 17 Feb. 2018 The decision to file a motion to reconsider the dismissal, versus filing an immediate appeal, is a tactical choice by the Nevada U.S. attorney's office, federal legal experts said. Maxine Bernstein,, "Federal prosecutors urge judge to reconsider dismissal of case against Cliven Bundy," 7 Feb. 2018 But the service reconsidered and put the buy up for competition in December of 2017. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Sitrep: The Air Force’s senior-citizen chopper may have to hold off retirement," 31 July 2018 The liberal-leaning D.C. Circuit, with more judges participating, reconsidered the case and ordered that the teen been released to terminate the pregnancy. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Who Are the Supreme Court Contenders?," 8 July 2018 And this year a court will reconsider the rule that married couples must share a surname, which in practice forces women to change theirs. The Economist, "A rare victory for #MeToo in Japan," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reconsider

1571, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of reconsider

: to think carefully about (someone or something) again especially in order to change a choice or decision you have already made


re·​con·​sid·​er | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈsi-dər \
reconsidered; reconsidering

Kids Definition of reconsider

: to think carefully about again especially with the possibility of change or reversal

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a complex dispute or argument

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