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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 advised, calculated, considered, knowing, measured, reasoned, studied, thoughtful, thought-out, weighed Related Words aforethought, premeditated, prepense; educated, informed; intentional, purposeful; designed, intended, planned, projected; careful, meticulous; foresighted, forethoughtful, provident, prudent Near Antonyms 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 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 conscious, intentional, intended, knowing, purposeful, purposive, set, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful), wittingRelated Words designed, planned; conscious; advised, calculated, considered, measured, reasoned, studied, thoughtful, weighed; premeditated, premeditative, prepense; discretionary, elective, optional, volunteerNear Antonyms 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 nondeliberate, nonpurposive, unintentional


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 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)Related Words 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 disregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject



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