1. The act or process of considering; continuous careful thought; examination; contemplation; deliberation; attention.
Let us think with consideration. --Sir P. Sidney.
Consideration, like an angel, came. --Shak.
2. Attentive respect; appreciative regard; -- used especially in diplomatic or stately correspondence.
The undersigned has the honor to repeat to Mr. Hulseman the assurance of his high consideration. --D. Webster.
The consideration with which he was treated. --Whewell.
3. Thoughtful or sympathetic regard or notice.
Consideration for the poor is a doctrine of the church. --Newman.
4. Claim to notice or regard; some degree of importance or consequence.
Lucan is the only author of consideration among the Latin poets who was not explained for . . . the Dauphin. --Addison.
5. The result of delibration, or of attention and examonation; matured opinion; a reflection; as, considerations on the choice of a profession.
6. That which is, or should be, taken into account as a ground of opinion or action; motive; reason.
He was obliged, antecedent to all other considerations, to search an asylum. --Dryden.
Some considerations which are necessary to the forming of a correct judgment. --Macaulay.
7. Law The cause which moves a contracting party to enter into an agreement; the material cause of a contract; the price of a stripulation; compensation; equivalent.
Note: ☞ Consideration is what is done, or promised to be done, in exchange for a promise, and “as a mere advantage to the promisor without detriment to the promisee would not avail, the proper test is detriment to the promisee.”
n 1: the process of giving careful thought to something
2: information that should be kept in mind when making a
decision; "another consideration is the time it would
take" [syn: circumstance, condition]
3: a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting); "consideration of
the traffic problem took more than an hour"
4: kind and considerate regard for others; "he showed no
consideration for her feelings" [syn: considerateness, thoughtfulness]
[ant: inconsideration, inconsideration]
5: a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
6: a considerate and thoughtful act [syn: thoughtfulness]