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[dih-lib-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv]
  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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Examples from the Web for deliberatively

Historical Examples of deliberatively

  • The intruder said deliberatively: “That goes deep down to the recesses of the heart and up high to the things that are immortal.”

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Co-ordination must especially be studied and used consciously and deliberatively with reference to the chest.

  • Play is sub-conscious, it is giving way in some sense, to instinct; but it is deliberatively giving up.

British Dictionary definitions for deliberatively


  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 deliberatively



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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