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[adjective dih-lib-er-it; verb dih-lib-uh-reyt] /adjective dɪˈlɪb ər ɪt; verb dɪˈlɪb əˌreɪt/
carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional:
a deliberate lie.
characterized by deliberation or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding:
Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision.
leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried:
moving with a deliberate step.
verb (used with object), deliberated, deliberating.
to weigh in the mind; consider:
to deliberate a question.
verb (used without object), deliberated, deliberating.
to think carefully or attentively; reflect:
She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.
to consult or confer formally:
The jury deliberated for three hours.
Origin of deliberate
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
Related forms
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 intentional 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. Unabridged
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  • As she did not reply to this, he gazed at her in gloomy silence for a while, and then spoke with a certain stern deliberateness.

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer
  • And with that deliberateness which always characterized him, he set about it at once.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • He has not the calmness of dispassionate judgment and the deliberateness necessary to be a good judge of men.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • The words fell from her lips with a steady, cruel, deliberateness.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • The charm of his song is its clearness of tone and deliberateness of utterance.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
  • But his work went on steadily, for such was the deliberateness of his purpose.

  • I felt at once his deliberateness and personal dignity, and was a little in awe of him.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The element of deliberateness in it passed, as so much passed, over his head.

    The Furnace Rose Macaulay
  • Joan worked with the deliberateness and intentness of a man.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
British Dictionary definitions for deliberateness


adjective (dɪˈlɪbərɪt)
carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentional: a deliberate insult
careful or unhurried in speech or action: a deliberate pace
verb (dɪˈlɪbəˌreɪt)
to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over
Derived Forms
deliberately, adverb
deliberateness, noun
deliberator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēlīberāre to consider well, from lībrāre to weigh, from lībra scales
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deliberateness



early 15c., "done with careful consideration," from Latin deliberatus "resolved upon, determined," past participle of deliberare (see deliberation). Meaning "slow, consciously unhurried" is attested by 1590s. Related: Deliberately.


1540s, from Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare (see deliberation). Related: Deliberated; deliberating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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