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From in- +‎ considerate.


  • IPA(key): /ˌɪnkənˈsɪdəɹɪt/, /ˌɪŋ-/


inconsiderate (comparative more inconsiderate, superlative most inconsiderate)

  1. Not considerate of others.
    Synonyms: thoughtless, unthoughtful
    Antonyms: considerate, thoughtful
    Not replacing the roll after using the last of the toilet paper is very inconsiderate.
    • 1851 June – 1852 April, Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Of Tom’s New Master, And Various Other Matters”, in Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly, volume I, Boston, Mass.: John P[unchard] Jewett & Company; Cleveland, Oh.: Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, published 20 March 1852, →OCLC, page 241:
      “It’s very inconsiderate of you, St. Clare,” said the lady, “to insist on my talking and looking at things. You know I’ve been lying all day with the sick-headache; and there’s been such a tumult made ever since you came, I’m half dead.”
    • 1922, Willa Cather, One of Ours[1], New York: Knopf, Book 1, Chapter 16, pp. 89-90:
      Bayliss and his father were talking together before dinner when Claude came in and was so inconsiderate as to put up a window, though he knew his brother hated a draft.
    • 1988, Anne Tyler, Breathing Lessons[2], New York: Knopf, Part 1, Chapter 1, p. 13:
      Ann Landers claims drop-in visits are inconsiderate,” he said.
  2. (obsolete) Not giving enough consideration to one's actions, conclusions, etc.; acting too quickly without considering the risks and consequences.
    Synonyms: hasty, inattentive, rash, unreflecting
    • c. 1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene i]:
      And all the unsettled humours of the land,
      Rash, inconsiderate, fiery voluntaries, []
      Have sold their fortunes at their native homes,
      Bearing their birthrights proudly on their backs,
      To make hazard of new fortunes here:
    • 1689, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding[3], London: Thomas Basset, Book 1, Chapter 4, § 15, p. 32:
      [] the wise and considerate Men of the World, by a right and careful employment of their Thoughts, and Reason, attained true Notions in this, as well as other things; whilst the lazy and inconsiderate part of Men, making the far greater number, took up their Notions, by chance, from common Tradition, and vulgar Conceptions, without much beating their heads about them.
    • 1709, Aaron Hill, chapter 7, in A Full and Just Account of the Present State of the Ottoman Empire[4], London: for the author, page 51:
      They Pray with Fervour and a fix’d, Attention, never turning like too many Inconsiderate Christians in our Noisy Churches, to behold what People pass behind them;
    • 1777, William Hutchinson, A Treatise on Practical Seamanship, Liverpool: for the author, p. 137,[5]
      [] the most danger is from those inconsiderate and unexperienced pilots, who think a ship may be managed and conducted with equal ease and safety among shoals, as their own small vessels to which they have been accustomed,
    • 1815 December (indicated as 1816), [Jane Austen], chapter 8, in Emma: [], volume (please specify |volume=I, II or III), London: [] [Charles Roworth and James Moyes] for John Murray, →OCLC:
      [] Mr. Elton might not be of an imprudent, inconsiderate disposition as to money-matters; he might naturally be rather attentive than otherwise to them;
  3. (obsolete) Resulting from insufficient consideration.
    Synonym: unconsidered
    • 1593, Gabriel Harvey, Pierces Supererogation or A New Prayse of the Old Asse[6], London: John Wolfe, page 175:
      I am ouer-ready to pardon young ouersights, and forgiue inconsiderate offences:
    • 1665, Robert Boyle, New Experiments and Observations Touching Cold[7], London: John Crook, The Authors Preface Introductory:
      And having given us this inconsiderate Description of Cold, they [the Classick Authors] commonly take leave of the subject, as if it deserved no further handling, then could be afforded it in a few Lines,
    • 1748, [Samuel Richardson], “Letter LXXVIII”, in Clarissa. Or, The History of a Young Lady: [], volume (please specify |volume=I to VII), London: [] S[amuel] Richardson; [], →OCLC, page 267:
      [] to such a choice are many worthy women betrayed, by that false and inconsiderate notion, raised and propagated, no doubt, by the author of all delusion, That a reformed Rake makes the best husband.
    • 1791, Charlotte Lennox, Hermione[8], London: William Lane, Volume 4, Letter 20, p. 65:
      Do me not the injustice to imagine I now require any particulars to convince me of your innocence, and of my own inconsiderate conclusions.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, chapter 6, in Barchester Towers[9], volume 2, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, published 1859, page 83:
      Charlotte Stanhope did not in the least conceive that her new friend was a woman whom nothing could entrap into an inconsiderate marriage []
  4. (obsolete) Of too little value to be considered.
    Synonyms: inconsiderable, negligible, trifling
    • 1655, Edward Terry, A Voyage to East-India[10], London: J. Martin and J. Allestrye, pages 15-16:
      [] when they had sold any one of their bullooks to us, for a little inconsiderate peece of brasse, if we did not presently knock him down, they would by the same call, make the poor creature break from us and run unto them again, and then there was no getting them out of their hands, but by giving them more brasse,
    • 1682, Aphra Behn, The Roundheads or, The Good Old Cause, London: D. Brown et al., Act III, Scene 1, p. 27,[11]
      [] to wrest the Law to our convenience
      Is no small, inconsiderate Work?

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  1. feminine plural of inconsiderato





  1. vocative masculine singular of incōnsīderātus


  • inconsiderate”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • inconsiderate”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • inconsiderate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette