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 (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.
Origin and Etymology of deliberation
First Known Use: 14th century
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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