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

Synonyms & Antonyms for deliberation

Synonyms

account, advisement, consideration, debate, reflection, study, thought

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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There are no memorials to the dead; neither are there monuments or other institutions that encourage deliberation over the Amin years. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 There are no memorials to the dead; neither are there monuments or other institutions that encourage deliberation over the Amin years. Richard Vokes, The Conversation, "Thousands of recently discovered photographs document life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s reign," 25 June 2019 Government policy is failing more than ever, but this is not an issue of national concern and political deliberation. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019 The revelations about Shell’s internal deliberations on climate change were contained in a series of Shell documents obtained by De Correspondent, an online investigative news outlet based in Europe, and shared with E&E News. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Shell Grappled With Climate Change 20 Years Ago, Documents Show," 5 Apr. 2018 Vista Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman ordered the jury to continue deliberations on the remaining eight counts, and the jury is expected to resume on Tuesday morning. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow, Jr. Found Guilty of Raping a 58-Year-Old Homeless Woman," 11 June 2019 After beginning deliberations on Monday, the jury recommended Fields serve life in prison plus 419 years. Jane Coaston, Vox, "White supremacist who drove into a Charlottesville crowd sentenced to life in prison," 11 Dec. 2018 These Democratic National Committee members are moving with exacting deliberation on changes, likely to be approved Saturday, to a system that just two years ago was criticized as unfair and corrupt. Lee Ross, Fox News, "Democrats poised to limit influence of superdelegates in presidential nominating system," 24 Aug. 2018 Rapid decline in Swedish cash usage now looks to have halted Banks say e-krona could compete with commercial banks The Swedish central bank’s deliberation on creating an electronic currency is sounding the alarm at the country’s lenders. Bloomberg.com, "Banks Warn Sweden's Central Bank to Stay Out of Retail Market," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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 deliberative (audio) \ adjective

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