- 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
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Antonyms for deliberate
Related Words for deliberatelyvoluntarily, knowingly, purposely, consciously, willfully, pointedly, studiously, advisedly, emphatically, freely, independently, resolutely, designed, determinedly, meaningfully, wittingly
Examples from the Web for deliberately
Contemporary Examples of deliberately
He alleges that a third boy, aged 10 or 11, was deliberately hit by a car and killed by a member of the pedophile network in 1979.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys
December 18, 2014
Patrons eat their cannoli slowly and deliberately, dabbing the powdered sugar on their plates with licked fingers.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
Nonetheless, Turing killed himself on June 7, 1954, in a deliberately prepared way, by eating a cyanide-laced apple.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
He refused to be drawn on whether the authors might be guilty of a deliberately deception.Is ‘The Lost Gospel’ Book a Fraud?
November 12, 2014
Second, penalties need to be increased for lying or deliberately withholding relevant requested information from Congress.George W. Bush’s Puzzling WMD Coverup
Rick Santorum, Pete Hoekstra
October 27, 2014
Historical Examples of deliberately
Mike had deliberately interposed his body between Allis and the doorway.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Deliberately he withdrew his attention from the unessentials.
He was right: he shot as deliberately as he ever did at the butts.
She spoke coldly and deliberately, "It's not a question of hurry," she replied.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Of course, Martin had not meant to disappoint her, nor deliberately hurt her.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- 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.