[ adjective dih-lib-er-it; verb dih-lib-uh-reyt ]
See synonyms for: deliberatedeliberateddeliberatesdeliberating on

  1. carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.

  2. characterized by deliberation or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision.

  1. 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.
  1. to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.

verb (used without object),de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing.
  1. to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.

  2. to consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.

Origin of deliberate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin dēlīberātus (past participle of dēlīberāre “to consider”), equivalent to dē- “from, away from” + līber(āre) “to balance, weigh” (derivative of lībra “balance, scales”) + -ātus 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.

Other words for deliberate

Opposites for deliberate

Other words from deliberate

  • 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

Words Nearby deliberate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deliberate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for deliberate


  1. carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentional: a deliberate insult

  2. careful or unhurried in speech or action: a deliberate pace

  1. to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over

Origin of deliberate

C15: from Latin dēlīberāre to consider well, from lībrāre to weigh, from lībra scales

Derived forms of deliberate

  • deliberately, adverb
  • deliberateness, noun
  • deliberator, noun

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