deliberation

noun
de·​lib·​er·​a·​tion | \ di-ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce deliberation (audio) \

Definition of deliberation

1a : the act of thinking about or discussing something and deciding carefully : the act of deliberating After careful deliberation, he decided to study medicine rather than law.
b : a discussion and consideration by a group of persons (such as a jury or legislature) of the reasons for and against a measure The jury returned a verdict after a four-hour deliberation.
2 : the quality or state of being deliberate spoke with clarity and deliberation worked with deliberation on the painting

Other Words from deliberation

deliberative \ di-​ˈli-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce deliberation (audio) , -​ˈli-​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adjective
deliberatively adverb
deliberativeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for deliberation

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • short shrift
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Examples of deliberation in a Sentence

After hours of deliberation, the council came to a decision. Jury deliberations lasted two days. She spoke to the audience with clarity and deliberation.
Recent Examples on the Web Eggers, shooting nearly every scene in fluid, intricately choreographed long takes, gives the action the deliberation and intensity of an ancient ritual. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 The moral deliberation and planning are suddenly being spurred into action after the approval late Friday of the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2020 Hence the slow deliberation of the narratives and the minute internal details of the workings of a mind. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, 6 Oct. 2020 Decisions to donate money or attention often result from conscious deliberation that takes time. David P. Barash, WSJ, 6 May 2022 On Monday, a unanimous jury sided with the city after a short deliberation, acquitting Rosen and Bare of excessive force and assault and battery allegations. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 In April 2021 after a three week-long trial and 10 hours deliberation over two days, Chauvin was found guilty in the death of Floyd on counts of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Essence, 27 Apr. 2022 In place of the aspiration to accumulate knowledge of the world through careful observation and deliberation, critical theory asserted a radical subjectivism that rooted knowledge in experience and emotion. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Without public deliberation, of course, a public has no real political existence. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of deliberation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for deliberation

see deliberate entry 2

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25 May 2022

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“Deliberation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliberation. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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deliberation

noun
de·​lib·​er·​a·​tion | \ di-ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce deliberation (audio) \

Kids Definition of deliberation

1 : careful thought : consideration Still, she thought after quite a long deliberation, it was probably all right to tell her children …— Robert O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
2 : the quality of being deliberate He spoke with great deliberation.

deliberation

noun
de·​lib·​er·​a·​tion | \ di-ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce deliberation (audio) \

Legal Definition of deliberation

1a : the act of deliberating — compare premeditation
b : a discussion and consideration by a group of persons (as a jury or legislature) of the reasons for or against a measure
2 : the quality or state of being deliberate killing with deliberation

Other Words from deliberation

deliberative \ dē-​ˈli-​bə-​ˌrā-​tiv, -​brə-​tiv How to pronounce deliberation (audio) \ adjective

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