American English

Definition of consideration noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] (formal) the act of thinking carefully about something Careful consideration should be given to issues of health and safety. The proposals are currently under consideration (= being discussed). After a few moments' consideration, he began to speak. a consideration of the legal issues involved
  2. 2[countable] something that must be thought about when you are planning or deciding something economic/commercial/environmental/practical considerations Time is another important consideration.
  3. 3[uncountable] consideration (for somebody/something) the quality of being sensitive toward others and thinking about their wishes and feelings They showed no consideration whatsoever for my feelings. Journalists stayed away from the funeral out of consideration for the bereaved family. Their kindness and consideration will not be forgotten.
  4. 4[countable] (formal) a reward or payment for a service
  5. Idioms
    in consideration of something (formal)
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    as payment for something a small sum in consideration of your services
    on mature reflection/consideration (formal)
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    after thinking about something carefully and for a long time
    take something into consideration
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    to think about and include a particular thing or fact when you are forming an opinion or making a decision The candidates' experience and qualifications will be taken into consideration when the decision is made. Taking everything into consideration, the event was a great success.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: consideration