deliberate

verb
de·lib·er·ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt \
deliberated; deliberating

Definition of deliberate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to think about or discuss issues and decisions carefully The jury deliberated for several days before reaching a verdict.

transitive verb

: 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

deliberate

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

Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : characterized by awareness of the consequences a deliberate exaggeration a deliberate act of protest

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

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Other words from deliberate

Adjective

deliberately adverb
deliberateness noun

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Verb

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

Adjective

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

Examples of deliberate in a Sentence

Verb

The jury deliberated for two days before reaching a verdict. They will deliberate the question.

Adjective

She spoke in a clear, deliberate manner. He advocates a slow and deliberate approach to the problem.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So for now, as Jones and Walton deliberate their qualifying offers, the Heat still can line up an additional pair of two-way candidates. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Are Heat turning toward developmental mode?," 28 June 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW After a short punishment phase where the panel heard from family members on both sides, the jury deliberated about 30 minutes before deciding on a 60-year-prison sentence. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio man sentenced in 2015 stabbing death of boyfriend," 25 June 2018 The issue has been raised that a court case from the 1930s prohibits jurors from deliberating on the Christian Sabbath. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "Jurors in choking trial aren’t barred from working on Sabbath," 23 June 2018 Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before reaching a verdict in favor of Lorenzo Davis, a former supervisor for the Independent Police Review Authority. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Jury awards $2.8M to former IPRA supervisor who sued city," 21 June 2018 At the start of their third day deliberating Thursday, jurors in US District Court in Boston asked to see transcripts of testimony from longtime Rhode Island gangsters Bobby and Joe DeLuca. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Salemme jurors want transcripts of R.I. mobsters’ testimony," 21 June 2018 Jurors deliberated for seven hours Thursday before returning a verdict, according to WSIL. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "He died of hypothermia after fight. Man who punched him and left is a murderer, jury rules," 15 June 2018 Last week marked the second time that a jury has deliberated Cosby’s fate. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "Bill Cosby Juror Says He Voted to Convict Because of Entertainer's Admission He Gave Quaaludes to Women," 30 Apr. 2018 The alternate jurors are being kept away from the main panel of seven men and five women deliberating Cosby's fate. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest: Accuser Calls Bill Cosby 'A Raping Monster'," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The deer instead walked closer, calm and deliberate, behind a garden shed. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "First breath, first steps in little-seen wildlife world," 1 July 2018 His voice is softer and more deliberate now; his eyes remain kind. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "TSU debate coach’s legacy celebrated at his 99th birthday party," 1 July 2018 Howard is better suited to more deliberate, half-court offense. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "How Dwight Howard's trade to Nets affects Hornets' Nic Batum, Cody Zeller, James Borrego," 20 June 2018 The pacing goes from slow and deliberate to upbeat and peppy. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: Ruminations - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 This is why, for voters, feelings about faith or the flag often overwhelm more deliberate thoughts about policies towards the deficit or single-payer health care. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 Sorry to Bother You’s deliberate lack of panache is sometimes a huge strength, particularly in its most chilling set piece, in which Cash is asked to rap in front of Steve and his coterie of rich hangers-on. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is Fizzy, Flawed, and Fascinating," 6 July 2018 But many of these audits aren’t structured to detect a tabulation software flaw, or aren’t rigorous enough to uncover a deliberate hack, experts say. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ahead of midterms, states scrambling to fend off cyberattacks," 3 July 2018 The office of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf was slammed by a delivery van in early Tuesday in Amsterdam in what appears to be a deliberate act. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Van intentionally hits Dutch newspaper's office," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of deliberate

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deliberate

Verb

see deliberate entry 2

Adjective

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

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deliberate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

deliberate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
de·lib·er·ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt \
deliberated; deliberating

Kids Definition of deliberate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to think about carefully

deliberate

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

Kids Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : showing careful thought a deliberate decision

2 : done or said on purpose a deliberate lie

3 : slow in action : not hurried a deliberate pace

Other words from deliberate

deliberately adverb She deliberately lied!

deliberate

verb
de·lib·er·ate | \ di-ˈli-bə-ˌrāt \
deliberated; deliberating

Legal Definition of deliberate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to think about and weigh or discuss issues and decisions carefully the jury retired to deliberate

transitive verb

: to think about or evaluate

deliberate

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

Legal Definition of deliberate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other words from deliberate

deliberately adverb
deliberateness noun

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