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Consideration appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Dr. Johnson and Mr. Johnson, after great consideration, came to the conclusion that the Indian nation beyond the Indian Ocean is back in education because the chief occupation is cultivation.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun consideration:

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Definition of the noun consideration

What does consideration mean as a name of something?

Consideration is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: considerations

  1. the process of giving careful thought to something
  2. information that should be kept in mind when making a decision
    • example: another consideration is the time it would take
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of consideration: circumstance / condition
    • more generic word: information = knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
    • more specific terms:
      • justification = something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary
      • mitigating circumstance = a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offense
  3. a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting)
    • example: consideration of the traffic problem took more than an hour
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: discourse / discussion / treatment = an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
    • more specific word: reconsideration = a consideration of a topic (as in a meeting) with a view to changing an earlier decision
  4. kind and considerate regard for others
    • example: he showed no consideration for her feelings
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of consideration: considerateness / thoughtfulness
    • antonym of consideration: inconsideration
    • more generic word: kindness = the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
    • more specific words:
      • attentiveness = the trait of being considerate and thoughtful of others
      • tactfulness / tact = consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense
  5. a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of consideration: retainer
    • more generic word: fee = a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
    • more specific terms: quid pro quo / quid = something for something
  6. a considerate and thoughtful act

Alternative definition of the noun consideration


  1. The thought process of considering, of taking everything into account.
  2. Something considered as a reason or ground for a (possible) decision
  3. The tendency to consider others.
  4. A payment or other recompense for something done.
  5. [context: legal] 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.


"Consideration" is a 2004 short drama film written and directed by Joel Bailey.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Consideration

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Google previewLegislative Drafting (2012)

by V. C. R. A. C. Crabbe

The fourth consideration is that if the subjective intent attempts to meet two objective meanings, that is to say, provide a reasonable compromise, equivocation can result. Mr. Lloyd George, asked by a lady what was the difference between a ...

Google previewFight Medicine (2008)

Diagnosis and Treatment of Combat Sports Injuries for Boxers, Wrestling & Mixed Martial Arts by Dr. Michael Kelly

The second consideration is the depth and length of the cut. It is important to keep in mind that the area of damaged tissue is usually much greater than the exposed cut. Cuts involving the deeper structures of the face, including muscle and ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

Consideration is an essential element of a binding contract. In a health insurance contract, the policy owner's consideration is the first premium payment and the application; the health insurance company's consideration is the promise(s) ...

Google previewPerspectives in Primary Education (2012)

by L. Borghi

The first consideration is the concern for efficiency, the need to train people to master those intellectual tools that they need in a technological civilisation. The second consideration is the reaction against the educational aims that governed the ...

Google previewF4 Corporate & Business Law(Uk) - Study Text (2nd Edition) (2007)

Executory consideration is the promise to perform an action at some future time. One party to a contractual agreement may pay...

Google previewCases and Commentary on Tort (2009)

by Barbara Harvey, John Marston

The second consideration is the nature of the hazard, namely, the cutting of the supply of electricity.

Google previewEmerging Targets and Therapeutics in the Treatment of Psychostimulant Abuse (2014)

by Linda P. Dwoskin

An additional consideration is that the hurdle for regulatory approval for therapeutics to treat drug abuse is high, since demonstration of efficacy in clinical trials is defined as a period of abstinence during treatment rather than the reduced use ...

Google previewOmitted Variable Tests and Dynamic Specification (2012)

An Application to Demand Homogeneity by Björn Schmolck

The demand system under consideration is the Rotterdam model. More generally , an omitted variable test for the reduced form of an equation system fits into this framework. For univariate regression models, the distributions of some test ...

Google previewWorking with Offenders (2013)

A Guide to Concepts and Practices by Rob White, Hannah Graham

One interesting consideration is that the detox process often involves the use of licit drugs (usually sedatives, benzodiazepines) to manage withdrawal symptoms and pain and to aid sleep. These prescription medications are highly addictive in ...

Google previewPhysics of Solar Energy (2011)

by C. Julian Chen

An important consideration is that the area ratio F is much less than 1 for vacuum tube collectors, because the diameter of the inner tube determines the...

Second, An important consideration is the cost of the solar thermal energy collector.

Google previewGene Sharing and Evolution (2007)


A molecular gene includes introns if the unit of gene expression under consideration is the primary transcript, but the "same" gene excludes introns if the unit under consideration is the encoded protein. A gene may be an intron alone, if that ...

Google previewTextbook of Contact Dermatitis (2001)

by Richard J. G. Rycroft

However, the principal consideration is that topical contacts represent a physically small phenomenon, significantly limited by the amount of compound that is applied to the skin surface. When a patient applies, for example, a dermatologic ...

Google previewRotorcraft Flying Handbook (2007)

by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U. S. Department of Transportation

One important consideration is that at higher altitudes, rotor r.p.m. is higher for a given blade pitch angle. This higher speed is a result...

Another important consideration is the effect of altitude on engine performance. As altitude increases, the ...

Google previewThe Responsible Administrator (2012)

An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role by Terry L. Cooper

The first consideration is the moral rules that can be adduced to support each alternative and the projected consequences. Identifying these moral rules will tend...

The next consideration is a rehearsal of defenses. This is sometimes called the ...

Google previewSpiro Compounds—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition (2013)


A third consideration is the quantum efficiency of the products generated from the enzyme substrates which should be high for sensitive detection. A fourth consideration is the light absorbing capability, or extinction coefficient, of the fluorescent ...

Google previewWebster's New World Law Dictionary (2010)

by Jonathan Wallace, Susan Ellis Wild

consideration n. Something of value to either the promisee or the promisor of a contract (usually cash, but also property, a promise to do something or not to do something, and so on) that is given or will ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking (2005)

by Pagani, Margherita

Biometrics, A Critical Consideration in Information Security Management.

Google previewPolitical Dictionary (1845)

Forming a Work of Universal Reference, Both Constitutional and Legal

CONSIDERATION. This is a Latin word, “consideratio,” which, as well as the verb “considero,” was used by Cicero and others to express “careful observation,” or “ reflection,” or “deliberation before action.” It has nothing to do with looking at the ...

Google previewFocalóir Gaoidhilge-Sax-bhéarla; or, An Irish-English dictionary [by J. O'Brien]. (1832)

by John O'Brien (R.C. bp. of Cloyne.)

A fourth circumstance which must naturally incite the IAtterati of different nations to a consideration of the Irish language, as explained in this Dictionary, is the very close and striking affinity it bears, in an abundant variety of words, not only with ...

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Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side.
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1S1I1D2E1R1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 13-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.


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