[ adjective dih-lib-er-it; verb dih-lib-uh-reyt ]
/ adjective d瑟藞l瑟b 蓹r 瑟t; verb d瑟藞l瑟b 蓹藢re瑟t /
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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.
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to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.
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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.
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Origin of deliberate

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English, from Latin d膿l墨ber膩tus (past participle of d膿l墨ber膩re 鈥渢o consider鈥), equivalent to d膿- 鈥渇rom, away from鈥 + l墨ber(膩re) 鈥渢o balance, weigh鈥 (derivative of l墨bra 鈥渂alance, scales鈥) + -膩tus past participle suffix; see de-, -ate1

synonym study for deliberate

1. Deliberate, intentional, premeditated, voluntary refer to something not happening by chance. Deliberate 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. See slow.


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British Dictionary definitions for deliberate


adjective (d瑟藞l瑟b蓹r瑟t)
carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentionala deliberate insult
careful or unhurried in speech or actiona deliberate pace
verb (d瑟藞l瑟b蓹藢re瑟t)
to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over

Derived forms of deliberate

deliberately, adverbdeliberateness, noundeliberator, noun

Word Origin for deliberate

C15: from Latin d膿l墨ber膩re to consider well, from l墨br膩re to weigh, from l墨bra scales
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