- 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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Related Wordsponder, consider, reflect, contemplate, consult, weigh, speculate, cerebrate, study, muse, roll, ruminate, reason, meditate, excogitate, revolve, judge, cogitate, argue, debate
Examples from the Web for deliberating
After deliberating for just under four hours, the jurors informed the judge that they were unable to reach a verdict.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
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Another good friend who is studying to become a tour guide had been deliberating between Labor and Yair Lapid.Voting By Process Of Elimination
January 22, 2013
The three-judge panel (which happens to be all-female) agreed after deliberating for nearly four hours.Ruby the Heart Stealer in Court for Berlusconi Trial
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 15, 2013
After deliberating for about a day, 11 women and one man sentenced Forde to death in Pima County Superior Court on Tuesday.Shawna Forde Sentenced to Death
Terry Greene Sterling
February 22, 2011
I am very well,' replied Mr Merdle, after deliberating about it. 'Little Dorrit
Mr. Galloway walked to the outer door, deliberating what his course should be.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Is this a slight matter about which you and Lysimachus are deliberating?Laches
Do you mean to say you had been deliberating with yourself whether you would die?Lord Jim
"I guess not," Rankin replied slowly, as if deliberating the question.Peak and Prairie
- 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 and History for deliberating
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.