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deliberate

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verb de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt\

Definition of deliberate

deliberated

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deliberating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to think about or discuss issues and decisions carefully <The jury deliberated for several days before reaching a verdict.>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to think about deliberately and often with formal discussion before reaching a decision <deliberate the question> <was deliberating whether or not to accept the offer>

Examples of deliberate in a sentence

  1. The jury deliberated for two days before reaching a verdict.

  2. They will deliberate the question.

Origin and Etymology of deliberate

see 2deliberate


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of deliberate

think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions <teaches students how to think>. cogitate implies deep or intent thinking <cogitated on the mysteries of nature>. reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind <reflecting on fifty years of married life>. reason stresses consecutive logical thinking <able to reason brilliantly in debate>. speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic <speculated on the fate of the lost explorers>. deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision <the jury deliberated for five hours>.

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adjective de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-rət, -ˈlib-rət\

Definition of deliberate

  1. 1 :  characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration <a deliberate decision> <Ms. Barker herself has said that the decision to write about the war was a deliberate response to patronizing reviews of her working-class settings … — Claudia Roth Pierpont>

  2. 2 :  characterized by awareness of the consequences <a deliberate exaggeration> <a deliberate act of protest>

  3. 3 :  slow, unhurried, and steady as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved <The jeweler worked at a deliberate pace.>

deliberately

adverb

deliberateness

noun

Examples of deliberate in a sentence

  1. She spoke in a clear, deliberate manner.

  2. He advocates a slow and deliberate approach to the problem.

Origin and Etymology of deliberate

Middle English, from Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare to consider carefully, perhaps alteration of *delibrare, from de- + libra scale, pound


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of deliberate

voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion <a voluntary confession>. intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved <the intentional concealment of vital information>. deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences <deliberate acts of sabotage>. willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another <willing obedience>.

DELIBERATE Defined for English Language Learners

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verb de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt\

Definition of deliberate for English Language Learners

  • : to think about or discuss something very carefully in order to make a decision


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deliberate

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adjective de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-rət, -ˈlib-rət\

Definition of deliberate for English Language Learners

  • : done or said in a way that is planned or intended : done or said on purpose

  • : done or decided after careful thought

  • : slow and careful


DELIBERATE Defined for Kids

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verb de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt\

Definition of deliberate for Students

deliberated

deliberating

  1. :  to think about carefully


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adjective de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-rət, -ˈli-brət\

Definition of deliberate for Students

  1. 1 :  showing careful thought <a deliberate decision>

  2. 2 :  done or said on purpose <a deliberate lie>

  3. 3 :  slow in action :  not hurried <a deliberate pace>

deliberately

adverb <She deliberately lied!>

Law Dictionary

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verb de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt\

Legal Definition of deliberate

deliberated

deliberating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to think about and weigh or discuss issues and decisions carefully <the jury retired to deliberate>
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to think about or evaluate


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adjective de·lib·er·ate \di-ˈli-bə-rət\

Legal Definition of deliberate

  1. 1 :  characterized by or resulting from careful consideration; especially :  characterized by or resulting from evaluation done in a cool state of blood and with a fixed purpose <deliberate murder> — compare premeditated

  2. 2 :  characterized by an understanding of the nature of a thing or act and its consequences <deliberate falsehoods>

deliberately

adverb

deliberateness

noun


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