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
deliberativeplay \-ˈli-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈli-b(ə-)rə-\ adjective
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 of deliberation from the Web
After five days of deliberations, the jury is hopelessly deadlocked and a second mistrial is declared.
According to the deliberations, the panel believes that banning digital coins will make transactions go underground, while regulating it would provide legitimacy to digital currency.
Attorneys involved in the case say the deliberations lasted two to three hours.
In an act of unprecedented secrecy, a cabal of 13 men have led a cloak-and-dagger effort to retool the American health care system while keeping their deliberations hidden from not only citizens, but also from other senators.
In November 2016, a jury was unable to decide whether Tensing was guilty of murder and voluntary manslaughter after more than 25 hours of deliberations.
A mistrial was declared Saturday after 52 hours of deliberations.
Following over fifty hours of deliberations by the jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, the case was declared a mistrial when a verdict couldn't be agreed upon.
The jury came to the decision not to convict the officer after 29 hours of deliberation.
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DELIBERATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deliberation for English Language Learners
: careful thought or discussion done in order to make a decision
: the quality of being slow and careful
DELIBERATION Defined for Kids
Definition of deliberation for Students
1 : careful thought : consideration Still, she thought after quite a long deliberation, it was probably all right to tell her children … — Robert C. O'Brien, Rats of NIMH
2 : the quality of being deliberate He spoke with great deliberation.
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
deliberative\dē-ˈli-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -brə-tiv\ play adjective
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