- 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.
- 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.
Origin of deliberate
Synonyms for deliberateSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for deliberate
Related Words for deliberatedponder, consider, reflect, contemplate, consult, weigh, speculate, cerebrate, study, muse, roll, ruminate, reason, meditate, excogitate, revolve, judge, cogitate, argue, debate
Examples from the Web for deliberated
Contemporary Examples of deliberated
As you deliberated, did you ever think about staying single?‘The Bachelor’ Finale: Sean Lowe Answers Our Questions
March 11, 2013
So far, the jury hearing has deliberated for 33 hours over six days.The John Edwards Verdict Waiting Game
May 26, 2012
But he had his own beef with Chaudhry over past corruption cases, so Zardari deliberated.The Playboy Running Pakistan
April 30, 2009
Deliberated long enough to seem convincing, then sprang the question.Haggling Through the Apocalypse
February 27, 2009
Historical Examples of deliberated
He paused here, deliberated for a time, and then added another paragraph.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Keeping his eyes on the floor, he deliberated upon his choice of conduct.The O'Ruddy
He started, deliberated an instant, and answered, "The Boca del Dragon."The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
They deliberated about what was to be done under the circumstances.The English at the North Pole
I stopped for a moment and deliberated whether or not I should proceed.Lavengro
- carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentionala deliberate insult
- careful or unhurried in speech or actiona deliberate pace
- to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over
Word Origin for deliberate
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.
1540s, from Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare (see deliberation). Related: Deliberated; deliberating.