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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Superintendent Marty Pollio's formal reopening recommendation, shared Thursday after months of deliberation, called for elementary students to be in-person five days a week. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS is reopening schools. Here's a quick look at the plan and what happens now," 26 Feb. 2021 The Senate will convene Saturday for four hours of deliberation, followed by a vote that will likely fall short of the 67 votes needed to convict Trump. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Impeachment trial barrels toward Saturday acquittal of Trump," 12 Feb. 2021 After weeks of deliberation, the NIH panel on 5 March recommended tocilizumab alongside dexamethasone for patients who resemble Recovery or REMAP-CAP participants in oxygen needs, inflammatory markers, and other factors. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "How do you treat coronavirus? Here are physicians’ best strategies," 16 Mar. 2021 After months of deliberation, the Minneapolis City Council has unanimously voted to give George Floyd's family $27 million (£20m) in a legal settlement. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "George Floyd’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit For $27 Million," 15 Mar. 2021 Finally, after a six day trial and just three hours of deliberation, a jury at London's Old Bailey found that Lady Chatterley’s Lover was not obscene, and could therefore be published. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Lady Chatterley’s Lover is Getting A New Movie Adaptation," 15 Mar. 2021 The jury returned a verdict after about four hours of deliberation. Amanda Karrh, ABC News, "South Carolina love triangle: A woman's affair with a married man leads to her disappearance," 5 Mar. 2021 The jurors could not agree, and the case ended in a hung jury after three days of deliberation. Maya Rao, Star Tribune, "As Chauvin trial approaches, other jurors in high-profile police trials recall weighty deliberations," 21 Mar. 2021 Auburn made the decision after careful deliberation between the athletics department and university administration, as well as head coach Bruce Pearl. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban," 22 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of deliberation was in the 14th century

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“Deliberation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliberation. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for deliberation

deliberation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deliberation

: careful thought or discussion done in order to make a decision
: the quality of being slow and careful

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 C. O'Brien, 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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