deliberation

[dih-lib-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
careful consideration before decision.
2.
formal consultation or discussion.
3.
deliberate quality; leisureliness of movement or action; slowness.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English deliberacion < Latin dēlīberātiōn- (stem of dēlīberātiō), equivalent to dēlīberāt(us) (see deliberate) + -iōn- -ion

nondeliberation, noun
overdeliberation, noun
predeliberation, noun
redeliberation, noun


1. reflection, forethought.
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deliberation (dɪˌlɪbəˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  thoughtful, careful, or lengthy consideration
2.  (often plural) formal discussion and debate, as of a committee, jury, etc
3.  care, thoughtfulness, or absence of hurry, esp in movement or speech

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deliberation
late 14c., from L. deliberationem, from deliberare "weigh, consider well," from de- "entirely" + -liberare, altered (perhaps by influence of liberare "liberate") from librare "to balance, weigh," from libra "scale."
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Example sentences
All this means careful negotiations and deliberations by all parties.
The project did not overcome all the tensions among its members, and the
  results of its deliberations were uneven.
But public deliberations and interviews with its members have revealed their
  thinking.
Wade decision was handed down, the court based its deliberations on science.
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