deliberation

[ dih-lib-uh-rey-shuhn ]
/ dɪˌlɪb əˈreɪ ʃən /

noun

careful consideration before decision.
formal consultation or discussion.
deliberate quality; leisureliness of movement or action; slowness.

Nearby words

  1. deli,
  2. delia,
  3. delian,
  4. delian league,
  5. deliberate,
  6. deliberative,
  7. delibes,
  8. delibes, léo,
  9. delibrate,
  10. delicacies

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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British Dictionary definitions for deliberation

deliberation

/ (dɪˌlɪbəˈreɪʃən) /

noun

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

deliberation

n.

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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