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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.
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 deliberations
  • 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.
  • The awards reflected a combination of public ratings and judge deliberations.
  • The metaphor describes how our unconscious cognitive capacities guide and control our conscious deliberations.
  • Another element in my deliberations was my high regard for my publisher.
  • The university panel finished its deliberations by year's end as well, and concluded that no intervention was called for.
  • She was privy to some confidential deliberations about my file.
  • His strong medical and scientific background has been of enormous help to the board during its deliberations.
British Dictionary definitions for deliberations


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 deliberations



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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