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[deem] /dim/
verb (used without object)
to form or have an opinion; judge; think:
He did not deem lightly of the issue.
verb (used with object)
to hold as an opinion; think; regard:
He deemed it wise to refuse the offer.
Origin of deem
before 900; Middle English demen, Old English dēman; cognate with Gothic dōmjan, Old High German tuomen; see doom
2. consider, hold, believe. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deemed
  • The claim that this makes in its own right on the compassion of the West for its fellow men is deemed, apparently, too puny.
  • The commentary of any narrative is determined by its content—by the sources and facts deemed worthy of inclusion.
  • Garden officials announced Wednesday evening that the arena had been deemed safe and that all events would go on as scheduled.
  • Topics related to other gaming platforms may be deemed off-topic and removed at our discretion.
  • Once a lion is deemed habituated to humans, there aren't many options.
  • By being ignored, commenters who are not deemed interesting by others will give up and go elsewhere.
  • Physicists have now analyzed the proposed mechanism and deemed it plausible.
  • Many skiers and snowboarders now affectionately refer to their own equipment in the way once deemed derisive.
  • If any man deemed he had suffered wrong, he pulled the chain, and the king perceived him and called him in and gave judgment.
  • Some sports experts deemed him too slow.
British Dictionary definitions for deemed


(transitive) to judge or consider: I do not deem him worthy of this honour
Word Origin
Old English dēman; related to Old High German tuomen to judge, Gothic domjan; see doom
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Word Origin and History for deemed

past tense of deem (q.v.).



Old English deman "to judge, condemn, think, compute," from root of dom (see doom (n.)). Originally "to pronounce judgment" as well as "to form an opinion." The two judges of the Isle of Man were called deemsters in 17c., a title formerly common throughout England and Scotland and preserved in the surname Dempster.

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