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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSIDERATION, n. [L. See Consider.]
1. The act of considering; mental view; regard; notice.
Let us take into consideration the consequences of a hasty decision.
2. Mature thought; serious deliberation.
Let us think with consideration.
3. Contemplation; meditation.
The love you bear to Mopsa hath brought you to the consideration of her virtues.
4. Some degree of importance; claim to notice, or regard; a moderate degree of respectability.
Lucan is an author of consideration among the Latin poets.
5. That which is considered; motive of action; influence; ground of conduct.
He was obliged, antecedent to all other considerations, to search an asylum.
6. Reason; that which induces to a determination.
He was moved by the considerations set before him.
7. In law, the reason which moves a contracting party to enter into an agreement; the material cause of a contract; the price or motive of a stipulation. In all contracts, each party gives something in exchange for what he receives.
A contract is an agreement, upon sufficient consideration. This consideration is express or implied; express, when the thing to be given or done is specified; implied, when no specific consideration is agreed upon, but justice requires it and the law implies it; as when a man labors for another, without stipulating for wages, the law infers that he shall receive a reasonable consideration. A good consideration is that of blood, or natural love; a valuable consideration, is such as money, marriage, etc. Hence a consideration is an equivalent or recompense; that which is given as of equal estimated value with that which is received.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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, consideration]
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: consideration, considerateness, thoughtfulness] [ant: inconsiderateness, inconsideration, thoughtlessness]
5: a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone [syn: retainer, consideration]
6: a considerate and thoughtful act [syn: consideration, thoughtfulness]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century 1. continuous and careful thought <after long consideration he agreed to their requests> 2. a. a matter weighed or taken into account when formulating an opinion or plan <economic considerations forced her to leave college> b. a taking into account 3. thoughtful and sympathetic regard 4. an opinion obtained by reflection 5. esteem, regard <the family built themselves a large, ugly villa…and became people of consideration — V. S. Pritchett> 6. a. recompense, payment <a consideration paid for legal services> b. the inducement to a contract or other legal transaction; specifically an act or forbearance or the promise thereof done or given by one party in return for the act or promise of another

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the act of considering; careful thought. 2 thoughtfulness for others; being considerate. 3 a fact or a thing taken into account in deciding or judging something. 4 compensation; a payment or reward. 5 Law (in a contractual agreement) anything given or promised or forborne by one party in exchange for the promise or undertaking of another. 6 archaic importance or consequence. Phrases and idioms: in consideration of in return for; on account of. take into consideration include as a factor, reason, etc.; make allowance for. under consideration being considered. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L consideratio -onis (as consider)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Consideration Con*sid`er*a"tion, n. [L. consideratio: cf. F. consid?ration.] 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. --Bouvier. 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.'' --Wharton.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(considerations) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Consideration is careful thought about something. He said there should be careful consideration of the future role of the BBC. 2. If something is under consideration, it is being discussed. Several proposals are under consideration by the state assembly. N-UNCOUNT: under N 3. If you show consideration, you pay attention to the needs, wishes, or feelings of other people. Show consideration for other rail travellers... Really, her tone said, some people have absolutely no consideration. N-UNCOUNT: oft N for n 4. A consideration is something that should be thought about, especially when you are planning or deciding something. A major consideration when choosing a dog is the size of your house and garden. = factor N-COUNT: usu supp N 5. If you take something into consideration, you think about it because it is relevant to what you are doing. Safe driving is good driving because it takes into consideration the lives of other people. PHRASE: V inflects

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Attention, notice, heed, regard, reflection, deliberation, meditation, serious thought, contemplation. 2. Importance, consequence, weight, moment, import, significance. 3. Reason, motive, ground, account, score, sake, cause.

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