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
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.
Recent Examples of deliberation from the Web
The convictions followed four days of testimony and just under one hour of deliberation by a Jefferson Parish jury, the DA's Office said.
The jurors were instructed not to reveal the specifics of their deliberations, only the rift in their communications.
The person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.
That fight has played out within Trump's administration in an extraordinarily public deliberation.
The agencies may also be giving new political appointees the privilege to participate in policy deliberations that might benefit their former clients or business partners.
In a 30-minute bilateral meeting on Saturday, Trump and Trudeau discussed trade but not Nafta specifically, said a Canadian government official speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.
Democratic deliberation is almost uniformly tainted with the assumption of bad faith.
And after 13 hours of deliberation, the jury found Phillips guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
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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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