[ dih-lib-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv ]
/ dɪˈlɪb ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv /


having the function of deliberating, as a legislative assembly: a deliberative body.
having to do with policy; dealing with the wisdom and expediency of a proposal: a deliberative speech.

Origin of deliberative

1545–55; < Latin dēlīberātīvus, equivalent to dēlīberāt(us) (see deliberate) + -īvus -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM deliberative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for deliberatively

/ (dɪˈlɪbərətɪv) /


involved in, organized for, or having the function of deliberatinga deliberative assembly
characterized by or resulting from deliberationa deliberative conclusion

Derived forms of deliberative

deliberatively, adverbdeliberativeness, noun
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