- careful consideration before decision.
- formal consultation or discussion.
- deliberate quality; leisureliness of movement or action; slowness.
Origin of deliberation
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Examples from the Web for deliberation
On Nov. 13, after years of deliberation, an advisory panel finally recommended lifting the ban, sort of.The Outrageous Celibacy Requirement for Gay Blood Donors
November 22, 2014
After 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury found that the evidence was insufficient and acquitted Lizzie.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
His sexual life, just like his barbarism, was the result of deliberation, not appetites run amok.Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography
October 11, 2014
Not many doctors are likely to reach for the pocketbook on that scale without quite a bit of deliberation.The New Face of American Medicine: Liberal Women
June 9, 2014
He speaks in heavily-accented English, but fluidly and lyrically, with both force and deliberation.The Politics of Literature: An interview with Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa
October 10, 2013
When he had eaten, he sat with his coffee for a final smoke of deliberation.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Yates rose to his feet with some deliberation, and slowly took off his coat.In the Midst of Alarms
He spoke with deliberation when he did speak, and evidently, weighed his words.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
The Japanese leaders proceeded with deliberation and caution.
"I don't know," answered the captain, speaking with deliberation.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- thoughtful, careful, or lengthy consideration
- (often plural) formal discussion and debate, as of a committee, jury, etc
- care, thoughtfulness, or absence of hurry, esp in movement or speech
Word Origin and History for deliberation
late 14c., Old French deliberation, from Latin deliberationem (nominative deliberatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deliberare "weigh, consider well," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + -liberare, altered (perhaps by influence of liberare "liberate") from librare "to balance, weigh," from libra "scale."