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[dih-lib-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv]
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  1. having the function of deliberating, as a legislative assembly: a deliberative body.
  2. having to do with policy; dealing with the wisdom and expediency of a proposal: a deliberative speech.
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Origin of deliberative

1545–55; < Latin dēlīberātīvus, equivalent to dēlīberāt(us) (see deliberate) + -īvus -ive
Related formsde·lib·er·a·tive·ly, adverbde·lib·er·a·tive·ness, nounun·de·lib·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·de·lib·er·a·tive·ly, adverbun·de·lib·er·a·tive·ness, noun
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Related Words for deliberative

calculated, contemplative, cogitative, meditative, planned, probing, purposeful, reasoning, reflective, thinking, contemplating

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British Dictionary definitions for deliberative


  1. involved in, organized for, or having the function of deliberatinga deliberative assembly
  2. characterized by or resulting from deliberationa deliberative conclusion
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Derived Formsdeliberatively, adverbdeliberativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for deliberative


1550s, from Middle French délibératif or directly from Latin deliberativus "pertaining to deliberation," from past participle stem of deliberare (see deliberation). Related: Deliberatively; deliberativeness.

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