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See also: considération



Borrowed from Old French consideracion, from Latin cōnsīderātiō. Synchronically analyzable as consider +‎ -ation.



consideration (countable and uncountable, plural considerations)

  1. The thought process of considering, of taking multiple or specified factors into account (with of being the main corresponding adposition).
    After much consideration, I have decided to stay.
    Consideration of environmental effects is needed when choosing material.
  2. Something considered as a reason or ground for a (possible) decision.
  3. The tendency to consider others.
    You showed remarkable consideration in giving up your place for your friend.
    Will you noisy children show some consideration and stop your infernal screaming? I'm trying to study!
  4. A payment or other recompense for something done.
    Sure I'll move my car, but only for a consideration.
  5. (law) A matter of inducement for something promised; something valuable given as recompense for a promise, which causes the promise to become binding as a contract.
    • 2007, Wikipedia:Contract:
      Consideration is an intention to create legal relations.
    • 2008, A contract:
      In consideration of the perfomance of B's obligations hereunder, A hereby grants to B's personal license.
  6. Importance, claim to notice, regard.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 54
      [...] settled down on a small property he had near Quimper to live for the rest of his days in peace; but the failure of an attorney left him suddenly penniless, and neither he nor his wife was willing to live in penury where they had enjoyed consideration.

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consideration f (plural considerations)

  1. Alternative form of consyderation