deliberation

noun de·lib·er·a·tion \ di-ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of deliberation

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

play \-ˈli-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈli-b(ə-)rə-\ adjective

deliberatively

adverb

deliberativeness

noun

Examples of deliberation in a Sentence

  1. After hours of deliberation, the council came to a decision.

  2. Jury deliberations lasted two days.

  3. She spoke to the audience with clarity and deliberation.

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Origin and Etymology of deliberation


DELIBERATION Defined for English Language Learners

deliberation

noun

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

deliberation

noun de·lib·er·a·tion \ di-ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən \

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.

Law Dictionary

deliberation

noun de·lib·er·a·tion \ di-ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən \

legal Definition of deliberation

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

play \dē-ˈli-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -brə-tiv\ adjective


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