Pronunciation: (kun-sid"u-rā'shun), [key]
1. the act of considering; careful thought; meditation; deliberation: I will give your project full consideration.
2. something that is or is to be kept in mind in making a decision, evaluating facts, etc.: Age was an important consideration in the decision.
3. thoughtful or sympathetic regard or respect; thoughtfulness for others: They showed no consideration for his feelings.
4. a thought or reflection; an opinion based upon reflection.
5. a recompense or payment, as for work done; compensation.
6. importance or consequence.
7. estimation; esteem: He is held in great consideration by the community.
8. Law.
a. something that suffices to make an informal promise legally binding, usually some value given in exchange for the promise.
b. the hearing of a case by a tribunal.
9. in consideration of,
a. in view of.
b. in return or recompense for: She was offered money in consideration of her efforts.
10. take into consideration, to take into account; consider: We failed to take into consideration the large number of tourists attending the exhibition.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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