[ adjective dih-lib-er-it; verb dih-lib-uh-reyt ]
/ adjective dɪˈlɪb ər ɪt; verb dɪˈlɪb əˌreɪt /
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carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
characterized by deliberation or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision.
leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried: moving with a deliberate step.
verb (used with object), de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing.
to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.
verb (used without object), de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing.
to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.
to consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.
OTHER WORDS FOR deliberate
OPPOSITES FOR deliberate
2 impulsive, precipitate, rash.
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Origin of deliberate
synonym study for deliberate
1. Deliberate, intentional, premeditated, voluntary refer to something not happening by chance. Deliberate is applied to what is done not hastily but with full realization of what one is doing: a deliberate attempt to evade justice. Intentional is applied to what is definitely intended or done on purpose: an intentional omission. Premeditated is applied to what has been planned in advance: a premeditated crime. Voluntary is applied to what is done by a definite exercise of the will and not because of outward pressures: a voluntary enlistment. 3. See slow.
OTHER WORDS FROM deliberate
de·lib·er·ate·ly, adverbde·lib·er·ate·ness, nounde·lib·er·a·tor, nounnon·de·lib·er·ate, adjective
non·de·lib·er·ate·ness, nouno·ver·de·lib·er·ate, verb, o·ver·de·lib·er·at·ed, o·ver·de·lib·er·at·ing.o·ver·de·lib·er·ate, adjectiveo·ver·de·lib·er·ate·ness, nounpre·de·lib·er·ate, verb (used with object), pre·de·lib·er·at·ed, pre·de·lib·er·at·ing.pre·de·lib·er·ate, adjectivequa·si-de·lib·er·ate, adjectivere·de·lib·er·ate, verb, re·de·lib·er·at·ed, re·de·lib·er·at·ing.un·de·lib·er·ate, adjectiveun·de·lib·er·ate·ness, nounun·de·lib·er·at·ing, adjectiveun·de·lib·er·at·ing·ly, adverbwell-de·lib·er·at·ed, adjective
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How to use deliberate in a sentence
Henry Paulson is portrayed as a deal-maker, Bernanke a “creative and bold” risk-taker, and Tim Geithner a calm deliberator.The Daily Beast Recommends|The Daily Beast|August 4, 2009|DAILY BEAST
He who has few names is in so far forth an incompetent deliberator.
British Dictionary definitions for deliberate
carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentionala deliberate insult
careful or unhurried in speech or actiona deliberate pace
to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over
Derived forms of deliberatedeliberately, adverbdeliberateness, noundeliberator, noun
Word Origin for deliberate
C15: from Latin dēlīberāre to consider well, from lībrāre to weigh, from lībra scales
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