According to Cambridge Dictionary, deem is defined as a way to "to consider or judge something in a particular way". However, I'm not sure if there is any subtle difference in meaning or connotation of deem and consider.

Another question, is there any difference if I use either one of these phrases or the latter is simply more concise?

is considered/deemed to be adj

is considered/deemed adj


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They mean the same thing but are used in different contexts.

  • deem is used in contracts and legal language (legal briefs, etc.) and is generally used in written texts. It is not used verbally as much as it is very formal.

  • consider is used everywhere: in speech and in writing.

That is the only difference I know.

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