1350–1400; Middle English
< Latin dēlīberātus
(past participle of dēlīberāre
to consider), equivalent to dē- de-
) to balance, weigh (derivative of lībra
balance, scales) + -ātus -ate1
deliberately, adverbdeliberateness, noundeliberator, nounnondeliberate, adjectivenondeliberately, adverbnondeliberateness, nounoverdeliberate, verb, overdeliberated, overdeliberating.overdeliberate, adjectiveoverdeliberately, adverboverdeliberateness, nounpredeliberate, verb (used with object), predeliberated, predeliberating.predeliberate, adjectivepredeliberately, adverbquasi-deliberate, adjectivequasi-deliberately, adverbredeliberate, verb, redeliberated, redeliberating.undeliberate, adjectiveundeliberately, adverbundeliberateness, nounundeliberating, adjectiveundeliberatingly, adverbwell-deliberated, adjective
purposeful; willful. 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 intended 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. 2.
methodical, thoughtful, circumspect, cautious. 3.