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[dih-lib-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /dɪˈlɪb ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/
having the function of deliberating, as a legislative assembly:
a deliberative body.
having to do with policy; dealing with the wisdom and expediency of a proposal:
a deliberative speech.
Origin of deliberative
1545-55; < Latin dēlīberātīvus, equivalent to dēlīberāt(us) (see deliberate) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
deliberatively, adverb
deliberativeness, noun
undeliberative, adjective
undeliberatively, adverb
undeliberativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deliberative
  • And by all accounts, this is a thoughtful, respectful and deliberative group.
  • For more than a hundred years, we've been training people to see in a particularly individual, deliberative way.
  • Print scholarship is supposed to be more careful and deliberative.
  • The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.
  • Federally-funded scientists must go through a complex deliberative process in order to justify research involving animals.
  • Then he pointed to the parietal cortex and the temporal lobes, regions that are also involved in deliberative decision-making.
  • For example, you might withhold a draft with comments on it on grounds of deliberative process privilege.
  • We are broadcasting deliberative sessions and various hearings live.
British Dictionary definitions for deliberative


involved in, organized for, or having the function of deliberating: a deliberative assembly
characterized by or resulting from deliberation: a deliberative conclusion
Derived Forms
deliberatively, adverb
deliberativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for deliberative

1550s, from Middle French délibératif or directly from Latin deliberativus "pertaining to deliberation," from past participle stem of deliberare (see deliberation). Related: Deliberatively; deliberativeness.

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