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  1. careful consideration before decision.
  2. formal consultation or discussion.
  3. deliberate quality; leisureliness of movement or action; slowness.
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Origin of deliberation

1325–75; Middle English deliberacion < Latin dēlīberātiōn- (stem of dēlīberātiō), equivalent to dēlīberāt(us) (see deliberate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·de·lib·er·a·tion, nouno·ver·de·lib·er·a·tion, nounpre·de·lib·er·a·tion, nounre·de·lib·er·a·tion, noun

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  1. thoughtful, careful, or lengthy consideration
  2. (often plural) formal discussion and debate, as of a committee, jury, etc
  3. care, thoughtfulness, or absence of hurry, esp in movement or speech
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Word Origin and History for deliberation


late 14c., Old French deliberation, from Latin deliberationem (nominative deliberatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deliberare "weigh, consider well," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + -liberare, altered (perhaps by influence of liberare "liberate") from librare "to balance, weigh," from libra "scale."

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