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deliberation

[dih-lib-uh-rey-shuh n] /dɪˌlɪb əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
careful consideration before decision.
2.
formal consultation or discussion.
3.
deliberate quality; leisureliness of movement or action; slowness.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English deliberacion < Latin dēlīberātiōn- (stem of dēlīberātiō), equivalent to dēlīberāt(us) (see deliberate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondeliberation, noun
overdeliberation, noun
predeliberation, noun
redeliberation, noun
Synonyms
1. reflection, forethought.
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  • Democracy, for instance, exists only if there is a genuine deliberation prior to decision.
  • The first time around, there were almost two weeks of deliberation before a deadlocked jury caused a mistrial.
  • The ballot box does not allow for such deliberation.
  • Where you have different answer that are not contradictory, do those things after a couple of months of deliberation.
  • The jury returned the verdict in the six-week trial after five days of deliberation.
British Dictionary definitions for deliberation

deliberation

/dɪˌlɪbəˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
thoughtful, careful, or lengthy consideration
2.
(often pl) formal discussion and debate, as of a committee, jury, etc
3.
care, thoughtfulness, or absence of hurry, esp in movement or speech
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Word Origin and History for 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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