Con*sid`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. consideratio: cf. F. considration.]


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.


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.


Thoughtful or sympathetic regard or notice.

Consideration for the poor is a doctrine of the church. Newman.


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.


The result of delibration, or of attention and examonation; matured opinion; a reflection; as, considerations on the choice of a profession.


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.


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."



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