Hypertext Webster Gateway: "consideration"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Consideration \Con*sid`er*a"tion\, n. [L. consideratio: cf. F.
1. The act or process of considering; continuous careful
thought; examination; contemplation; deliberation;

Let us think with consideration. --Sir P.

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.

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

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.'' --Wharton.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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
[syn: {retainer}]
6: a considerate and thoughtful act [syn: {thoughtfulness}]

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