deliberation

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

Definition of deliberation

  1. 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. 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

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deliberativeness

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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.

Origin and Etymology of deliberation

see 2deliberate


First Known Use: 14th century


DELIBERATION Defined for English Language Learners

deliberation

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

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

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

Definition of deliberation for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  the quality of being deliberate He spoke with great deliberation.


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deliberation

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

Legal Definition of deliberation

  1. 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. 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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