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consideration (n.)

mid-14c., consideracioun, "a beholding, looking at," also "a keeping in mind," also "contemplation, reflection," from Old French consideracion (12c., Modern French considération) and directly from Latin considerationem (nominative consideratio) "consideration, contemplation, reflection," noun of action from past-participle stem of considerare "to look at closely, observe" (see consider).

Meaning "a taking into account, act of paying attention to" is from late 14c.; that of "examination, observation" is from early 15c.. Sense of "thoughtful or sympathetic regard" is from c. 1400. Meaning "that which is or should be considered" is from late 15c. Meaning "something given in payment" (as recompense for service) is from c. 1600.

updated on March 07, 2018

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Definitions of consideration from WordNet

consideration (n.)
the process of giving careful thought to something;
consideration (n.)
information that should be kept in mind when making a decision;
another consideration is the time it would take
Synonyms: circumstance / condition
consideration (n.)
a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting);
consideration of the traffic problem took more than an hour
consideration (n.)
kind and considerate regard for others;
he showed no consideration for her feelings
Synonyms: considerateness / thoughtfulness
consideration (n.)
a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone;
Synonyms: retainer
consideration (n.)
a considerate and thoughtful act;
Synonyms: thoughtfulness
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