- carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
- characterized by deliberation or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision.
- leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried: moving with a deliberate step.
- to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.
- to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.
- to consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.
Origin of deliberate
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Examples from the Web for deliberate
But we were attempting a deliberate naiveté, a decision to approach these books as if they might have something to teach us.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
“The lovers are seated across the room from each other,” he begins in his deliberate tones.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Poindexter followed with a recitation of the Iran program filled with deliberate inaccuracies.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
A pitcher's life is one day of deliberate self-injury, followed by three days of healing, then a fresh injury.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Some companies fear “throttling”—a deliberate slowing—which may become more frequently used by the ISPs.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality
September 13, 2014
But he had not done so, and she was glad he could be restrained and deliberate in that "breedy" sort of way.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
“Very well,” he said, and paused, as if in deliberate contempt of the official clock.The Secret Agent
It was a long speech for Wally to make, and he made it with deliberate malice.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
"What you choose to think," he said after a deliberate pause.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
"There was a lovely cat at the hotel," she added with deliberate malice.Gloria and Treeless Street
Annie Hamilton Donnell
- carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentionala deliberate insult
- careful or unhurried in speech or actiona deliberate pace
- to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over
Word Origin and History for deliberate
early 15c., "done with careful consideration," from Latin deliberatus "resolved upon, determined," past participle of deliberare (see deliberation). Meaning "slow, consciously unhurried" is attested by 1590s. Related: Deliberately.
1540s, from Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare (see deliberation). Related: Deliberated; deliberating.