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.

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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deem (diːm)
(tr) to judge or consider: I do not deem him worthy of this honour
[Old English dēman; related to Old High German tuomen to judge, Gothic domjan; see doom]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. deman, from base of dom (see doom). Originally "to pronounce judgment" as well as "to form an opinion." The two judges of the Isle of Man were called deemsters in 17c.
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Example sentences
The white race deems itself to be the dominant race in this country.
He is really good with our family, but what he deems a threat is not always
  really a threat.
What the researcher deems as stressful environment for the mice is actually a
  setting closer to their natural habitat.
Since the oil spill, no one wants or trusts gulf shrimp, even if the government
  deems it safe.
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