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deliberate

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of deliberate

  1. 1 decided on as a result of careful thought the judge made a deliberate decision to impose the maximum sentence Synonyms of deliberate advised, calculated, considered, knowing, measured, reasoned, studied, thoughtful, thought-out, weighed Words Related to deliberate aforethought, premeditated, prepense; educated, informed; intentional, purposeful; designed, intended, planned, projected; careful, meticulous; foresighted, forethoughtful, provident, prudent Near Antonyms of deliberate half-cocked, ill-advised; chance, haphazard, hit-or-miss, random; aimless, desultory, purposeless; hasty, hurried, rushed; abrupt, impetuous, sudden; automatic, extemporaneous, impromptu, instinctive, spontaneous Antonyms of deliberate casual, unadvised, uncalculated, unconsidered, unstudied

  2. 2 made, given, or done with full awareness of what one is doing a deliberate act of vandalism that should not go unpunished Synonyms of deliberate conscious, intentional, intended, knowing, purposeful, purposive, set, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful), wittingWords Related to deliberate designed, planned; conscious; advised, calculated, considered, measured, reasoned, studied, thoughtful, weighed; premeditated, premeditative, prepense; discretionary, elective, optional, volunteerNear Antonyms of deliberate inadvertent, unwitting; accidental, chance, haphazard, hit-or-miss, incidental, random; aimless, desultory, purposeless; abrupt, impetuous, sudden; coerced, forced, involuntary; compulsory, mandatory, necessary, nonelective, obligatory, ordered, required; casual; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, spontaneous, unforced, unpremeditatedAntonyms of deliberate nondeliberate, nonpurposive, unintentional

Synonym Discussion of deliberate

voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion.
    • a voluntary confession
intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved.
    • the intentional concealment of vital information
deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences.
    • deliberate acts of sabotage
willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another.
    • willing obedience

deliberate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of deliberate

  1. to give serious and careful thought to the jury deliberated the case for three days before returning a verdict Synonyms of deliberate chew over, cogitate, consider, contemplate, debate, ponder, entertain, eye, kick around, meditate, mull (over), perpend, pore (over), question, revolve, ruminate, study, think (about or over), turn, weigh, wrestle (with)Words Related to deliberate muse (upon), reflect (on or upon), reminisce; analyze, explore, review; conclude, reason; second-guess, speculate (about); brood (about or over), dwell (on or upon), fixate (on or upon), fret (about or over), obsess (about or over); believe, conceive, opine; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in)Near Antonyms of deliberate disregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject

Synonym Discussion of deliberate

think, cogitate, reflect, reason, speculate, deliberate mean to use one's powers of conception, judgment, or inference. think is general and may apply to any mental activity, but used alone often suggests attainment of clear ideas or conclusions.
    • teaches students how to think
cogitate implies deep or intent thinking.
    • cogitated on the mysteries of nature
reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind.
    • reflecting on fifty years of married life
reason stresses consecutive logical thinking.
    • able to reason brilliantly in debate
speculate implies reasoning about things theoretical or problematic.
    • speculated on the fate of the lost explorers
deliberate suggests slow or careful reasoning before forming an opinion or reaching a conclusion or decision.
    • the jury deliberated for five hours


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