a. Careful thought; deliberation: We will give your proposal consideration.
b. A result of considering; an opinion or a judgment: Is it your consideration that I should apply?
2. A factor to be considered in forming a judgment or decision: Safety is the most important consideration in choosing a car.
3. A treatment or account: The essay begins with a brief consideration of the history of the problem.
4. Thoughtful concern for others; solicitude.
5. High regard; esteem.
6. Payment given in exchange for a service rendered; recompense: agreed to do it for a small consideration.
7. Law Something promised, given, or done that has the effect of making an agreement a legally enforceable contract.
in consideration of
1. In view of; on account of: turned back in consideration of the worsening weather.
2. In return for: a gift given in consideration of her hard work
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.