con·​sid·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈsi-d(ə-)rət How to pronounce considerate (audio) \

Definition of considerate

1 : marked by or given to careful consideration : circumspect "He is, I believe, in such a state of mental distress as to be hardly capable of giving me a considerate answer."— Anthony Trollope
2 : thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others He was considerate and turned down the stereo when we asked him to.

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Other Words from considerate

considerately adverb
considerateness noun

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Examples of considerate in a Sentence

She is one of the most considerate people I know. He was considerate and turned down the stereo when we asked him to.
Recent Examples on the Web My considerate wife helped me up and carried the heart. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2021 Because the drummer guy is different than composer guy, who is careful and considerate. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 There's a stark difference between being considerate and being intrusive. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2021 Wylie described her mother as generous and considerate. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2021 Incidentally, our considerate reader also noted that birds will carry the seeds. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2021 The end result was a success, to the point where Di Martino celebrated Wada's considerate alterations on social media. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 16 July 2021 This will empower employees to share information and have constructive dialogue with mutual respect and a considerate tone. Said Ziouani, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Is there any reason to hope that the post-pandemic generation of moviegoers will be a more considerate one? Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of considerate

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for considerate

see consider

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The first known use of considerate was in 1572

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13 Oct 2021

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“Considerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of considerate

: thinking about the rights and feelings of other people : showing kindness toward other people


con·​sid·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈsi-də-rət How to pronounce considerate (audio) \

Kids Definition of considerate

: thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others

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