deliberate [ adjective dih- lib-er-it; verb dih- lib- uh-reyt] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com 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. verb (used with object), de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing. to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question. verb (used without object), de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing. 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 1350–1400; Middle English
(past participle of
to consider), equivalent to
) to balance, weigh (derivative of
balance, scales) +
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms de·lib·er·ate·ly, adverb de·lib·er·ate·ness, noun de·lib·er·a·tor, noun non·de·lib·er·ate, adjective non·de·lib·er·ate·ly, adverb non·de·lib·er·ate·ness, noun o·ver·de·lib·er·ate, verb, o·ver·de·lib·er·at·ed, o·ver·de·lib·er·at·ing. o·ver·de·lib·er·ate, adjective o·ver·de·lib·er·ate·ly, adverb o·ver·de·lib·er·ate·ness, noun pre·de·lib·er·ate, verb (used with object), pre·de·lib·er·at·ed, pre·de·lib·er·at·ing. pre·de·lib·er·ate, adjective pre·de·lib·er·ate·ly, adverb qua·si-de·lib·er·ate, adjective qua·si-de·lib·er·ate·ly, adverb re·de·lib·er·ate, verb, re·de·lib·er·at·ed, re·de·lib·er·at·ing. un·de·lib·er·ate, adjective un·de·lib·er·ate·ly, adverb un·de·lib·er·ate·ness, noun un·de·lib·er·at·ing, adjective un·de·lib·er·at·ing·ly, adverb well-de·lib·er·at·ed, adjective Synonym study 1
Deliberate, intentional, premeditated, voluntary
refer to something not happening by chance.
is applied to what is done not hastily but with full realization of what one is doing:
a deliberate attempt to evade justice. Intentional
is applied to what is definitely intended or done on purpose:
an intentional omission. Premeditated
is applied to what has been planned in advance:
a premeditated crime. Voluntary
is applied to what is done by a definite exercise of the will and not because of outward pressures:
a voluntary enlistment. 3
Antonyms 1. accidental. 2. impulsive, precipitate.
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Examples from the Web for undeliberate Historical Examples The process of evolution was necessarily unconscious and undeliberate. The action of animals of a given kind were supposed to be after one perfect model, and to be undeliberate. A rough movement, a too undeliberate speech, and the absurdity of the thing might be given away. But his companion had already vanished in the thicket with the undeliberate and impulsive act of an animal. British Dictionary definitions for undeliberate carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentional a deliberate insult careful or unhurried in speech or action a deliberate pace to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over Derived Forms deliberately, adverb deliberateness, noun deliberator, noun Word Origin
C15: from Latin
dēlīberāre to consider well, from lībrāre to weigh, from lībra scales
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Word Origin and History for undeliberate deliberate adj.
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. deliberate v.
1540s, from Latin
deliberatus, past participle of deliberare (see deliberation). Related: Deliberated; deliberating.
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