deliberation

noun

de·​lib·​er·​a·​tion di-ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce deliberation (audio)
1
a
: 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
deliberative
di-ˈli-bə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce deliberation (audio)
-ˈli-b(ə-)rə-
adjective
deliberatively adverb
deliberativeness noun

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 One set of likely candidates for deliberation are three competing constitutional amendments involving voting requirements for taxes. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, 6 Apr. 2024 After a deliberation lasting less than two hours, the jury found Kwon and Terraform liable on civil fraud charges related to making false claims and misleading investors in Terraform’s cryptotoken. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 5 Apr. 2024 While the deliberations stretched on, their patients’ risk of infection and illness grew. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2024 To ensure a timely start to budget deliberations, council members in January voted on fiscal 2025 budget submission requirements that called on Bowser to deliver her proposal no later than Wednesday. Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2024 One of the people familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations, downplayed the prospective hire. Jonathan Swan, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 The decision came after roughly five hours of deliberations by the party’s central committee, according to two people who were at the meeting. Max Greenwood, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 But only hours later, a federal appeals court blocked enforcement of the law ahead of subsequent deliberations. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 After deliberation, Danny’s was the favorite and Kenny’s was the least. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

see deliberate entry 2

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Deliberation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliberation. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

deliberation

noun
de·​lib·​er·​a·​tion di-ˌlib-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce deliberation (audio)
1
: the act of deliberating
2
: a discussion and consideration of the reasons for and against something
3
: the quality of being deliberate : deliberateness

Legal Definition

deliberation

noun
de·​lib·​er·​a·​tion di-ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce deliberation (audio)
1
a
: 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 adjective

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