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[dih-lib-uh-rey-shuh n] /dɪˌlɪb əˈreɪ ʃən/
careful consideration before decision.
formal consultation or discussion.
deliberate quality; leisureliness of movement or action; slowness.
Origin of deliberation
1325-75; Middle English deliberacion < Latin dēlīberātiōn- (stem of dēlīberātiō), equivalent to dēlīberāt(us) (see deliberate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondeliberation, noun
overdeliberation, noun
predeliberation, noun
redeliberation, noun
1. reflection, forethought. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deliberation
  • University lawyers often bump up against an athletics world where speed and money trump legal deliberation.
  • The facts of the case were disputed and required jury deliberation.
  • Members say that deliberation is necessary because the group must come to a consensus.
  • Editors have been rightly wary of sacrificing accuracy and deliberation to the instantaneous buzz of cyberspace.
  • But public fascination also provided a window for criticism, and ultrasound elicited substantial ethical deliberation.
  • Democracy, for instance, exists only if there is a genuine deliberation prior to decision.
  • The first time around, there were almost two weeks of deliberation before a deadlocked jury caused a mistrial.
  • The ballot box does not allow for such deliberation.
  • Where you have different answer that are not contradictory, do those things after a couple of months of deliberation.
  • The jury returned the verdict in the six-week trial after five days of deliberation.
British Dictionary definitions for deliberation


thoughtful, careful, or lengthy consideration
(often pl) formal discussion and debate, as of a committee, jury, etc
care, thoughtfulness, or absence of hurry, esp in movement or speech
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Word Origin and History for deliberation

late 14c., Old French deliberation, from Latin deliberationem (nominative deliberatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deliberare "weigh, consider well," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + -liberare, altered (perhaps by influence of liberare "liberate") from librare "to balance, weigh," from libra "scale."

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