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 deliberative (audio) , -​ˈli-​b(ə-​)rə-​ \ adjective
deliberatively adverb
deliberativeness noun

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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 The jury of seven men and five women is expected to begin deliberations next week. Jan Ransom, BostonGlobe.com, "Weinstein accuser called him her ‘spiritual soul mate,’ witness says," 10 Feb. 2020 The jury of seven men and five women is expected to begin deliberations next week. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Weinstein Accuser Called Him Her ‘Spiritual Soul Mate,’ Witness Says," 10 Feb. 2020 The panel returns Thursday morning to begin deliberations on punishment. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio man accused of rapes in Medical Center area found guilty," 29 Jan. 2020 The White House announcement Tuesday will come on the day Israel’s parliament begins deliberations on whether to grant Mr. Netanyahu immunity from prosecution over corruption charges. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Trump Mideast Plan Said to Favor Israeli Goals," 27 Jan. 2020 After both sides make their closing arguments, the Senate begins deliberations, traditionally in closed session. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "What happens next? An impeachment trial road map," 14 Dec. 2019 Jurors could begin deliberations this week on the fate of Bampumim Teixeira, who has pleaded not guilty. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "The man suspected of stabbing two Boston doctors to death scribbled a message on their wall, police testify," 4 Dec. 2019 Closing arguments in the case are expected Friday afternoon, after which the jury will begin deliberations. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Trial testimony focuses on Patrick Frazee’s texts in months before alleged killing," 14 Nov. 2019 The jury began deliberations Wednesday and had indicated they were hung 11-1 in favor of finding Spencer guilty. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "19-year-old pleads guilty to 3 Birmingham murders committed when he was 15," 24 Oct. 2019

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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deliberation

noun
How to pronounce deliberation (audio)

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 deliberative (audio) \ adjective

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