deliberate

[adj. dih-lib-er-it; v. dih-lib-uh-reyt]
adjective
1.
carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
2.
characterized by deliberation; careful or slow in deciding: a deliberate decision.
3.
leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried: a deliberate step.
verb (used with object), deliberated, deliberating.
4.
to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.
verb (used without object), deliberated, deliberating.
5.
to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.
6.
to consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēlīberātus (past participle of dēlīberāre to consider), equivalent to dē- de- + līber(āre) to balance, weigh (derivative of lībra balance, scales) + -ātus -ate1

deliberately, adverb
deliberateness, noun
deliberator, noun
nondeliberate, adjective
nondeliberately, adverb
nondeliberateness, noun
overdeliberate, verb, overdeliberated, overdeliberating.
overdeliberate, adjective
overdeliberately, adverb
overdeliberateness, noun
predeliberate, verb (used with object), predeliberated, predeliberating.
predeliberate, adjective
predeliberately, adverb
quasi-deliberate, adjective
quasi-deliberately, adverb
redeliberate, verb, redeliberated, redeliberating.
undeliberate, adjective
undeliberately, adverb
undeliberateness, noun
undeliberating, adjective
undeliberatingly, adverb
well-deliberated, adjective


1. 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. See slow. 4. ponder. 5. cogitate, ruminate.


1. accidental. 2. impulsive, precipitate.
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deliberate
 
adj
1.  carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentional: a deliberate insult
2.  careful or unhurried in speech or action: a deliberate pace
 
vb
3.  to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over
 
[C15: from Latin dēlīberāre to consider well, from lībrāre to weigh, from lībra scales]
 
de'liberately
 
adv
 
de'liberateness
 
n
 
de'liberator
 
n

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Word Origin & History

deliberate
1540s, "done with careful consideration," from L. deliberatus, pp. of deliberare (see deliberation). Meaning "slow, consciously unhurried" is attested by 1590s.

deliberate
1540s, from L. deliberat-, pp. stem of deliberare (see deliberation). Related: Deliberated (1590s); deliberately (1530s); deliberating (1640s).
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Example sentences
Sometimes fires are deliberately set in selected areas.
To be fair, the questions in the survey seem deliberately chosen to confuse.
People can build their willpower deliberately.
Perhaps his title is deliberately ambiguous.
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