AskDefine | Define consideration

Dictionary Definition



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]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The process of considering, of taking everything into account.
    After much consideration, I have decided to stay.
  2. The tendency to consider others.
    You showed remarkable consideration in giving up your place for your friend.
  3. A payment for something done.
    Sure I'll move my car, but only for a consideration.
  4. In the context of "law": A matter of inducement for something promised; something valuable given as recompense for a promise, which causes the promise to become binding as a contract.

Related terms


The process of considering
  • Finnish: harkinta, harkitseminen
  • German: Erwägung, Überlegung
  • Portuguese: consideração
  • Spanish: consideración
The tendency to consider others
A payment for something done
  • Finnish: korvaus, palkkio, maksu
  • Hebrew: תמורה
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Extensive Definition

Consideration is a central concept in the common law of contracts and contract theory: it is value paid for a promise. Consideration is needed for a valid contract. An example; If you sign a contract with a man, agreeing to buy his car for an amount of money, his consideration is the car, which he promises to give to you. Your consideration is the money that you pay for the car. However, a contract saying that he would give you his car for nothing would not be valid per se, because you aren't giving him any consideration.

See also

consideration in German: Entgelt
consideration in Chinese: 对价

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