characterized by deliberation or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision.
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.
- 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·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·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
- qua·si-de·lib·er·ate, adjective
- 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·ness, noun
- un·de·lib·er·at·ing, adjective
- un·de·lib·er·at·ing·ly, adverb
- well-de·lib·er·at·ed, adjective
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How to use deliberate in a sentence
Nearly a year later, the eight-team conference is facing a rising tide of frustration as it deliberates whether to hold a spring season.Ivy League sports were shut down quickly by coronavirus. A restart is proving much slower. | Glynn A. Hill | February 10, 2021 | Washington Post
The limitations baked into SKADNetwork are as intricate as they are deliberate.
Regardless of who you are, though, I believe we can all benefit from a more deliberate approach to how we spend our screen time.
You recommend having a “brief but deliberate conversation” about college merit aid with your eighth grader a couple of months after grammar-school graduation.Paying for College Can Be Overwhelming. Here's What You Need to Know to Find an Affordable Option | Sean Gregory | February 5, 2021 | Time
Republicans on the panel all denounced Greene’s remarks but called for a more deliberate approach to taking action against her.McCarthy moves to keep splintering GOP intact, with protection for both Cheney and Greene | Mike DeBonis, Paul Kane | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
But we were attempting a deliberate naiveté, a decision to approach these books as if they might have something to teach us.
“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 | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Malcolm Byrne | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A pitcher's life is one day of deliberate self-injury, followed by three days of healing, then a fresh injury.
In or out of uniform his motion is languid, his voice relaxed and mellifluous, his movements deliberate, confident.
The apparent slightness of these English changes reveals their deliberate subtlety.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
Isabel, completely ignored, waited until the story was finished, and then made a deliberate move.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He made a deliberate effort to put himself in Zeal's place, and after several failures accomplished the feat.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
For her to testify that she did not love—and had never loved Jean Baptiste, he knew would be a deliberate falsehood.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
After tea Betty executed a quite deliberate manœuvre to avoid having him for a partner at tennis.Uncanny Tales | Various
British Dictionary definitions for deliberate
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
- deliberately, adverb
- deliberateness, noun
- deliberator, noun
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