Definitions for deliberatedɪˈlɪb ər ɪt; -əˌreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•lib•er•ate*dɪˈlɪb ər ɪt; -əˌreɪt(adj.; v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (adj.)studied or intentional:

    a deliberate lie.

  2. characterized by deliberation; careful or slow in deciding:

    a deliberate decision.

  3. unhurried:

    a deliberate step.

  4. (v.t.)to consider:

    to deliberate a question.

  5. (v.i.)to think carefully or attentively; reflect.

  6. to consult or confer formally:

    The jury deliberated for three hours.

* Syn: deliberate , intentional , 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. voluntary is applied to what is done by a definite exercise of the will and not because of outside pressures: a voluntary enlistment. See also slow.

Origin of deliberate:

1350–1400; ME < L dēlīberātus, ptp. of dēlīberāre to consider


Princeton's WordNet

  1. deliberate, calculated, measured(adj)

    carefully thought out in advance

    "a calculated insult"; "with measured irony"

  2. careful, deliberate, measured(verb)

    unhurried and with care and dignity

    "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed"

  3. consider, debate, moot, turn over, deliberate(verb)

    think about carefully; weigh

    "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"

  4. debate, deliberate(verb)

    discuss the pros and cons of an issue

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. deliberate(adjective)ɪˈlɪb ər ɪt; v. -əˌreɪt

    ≠ accidental, unintentional

    a deliberate attempt to set fire to the building


  1. deliberate(Verb)

    To consider carefully.

    It is now time for the jury to deliberate the guilt of the defendant.

  2. deliberate(Adjective)

    Done on purpose; intentional.

    Tripping me was deliberate action.

  3. deliberate(Adjective)

    Of a person, weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of a step; circumspect; slow in determining.

    The jury took eight hours to come to its deliberate verdict.

  4. deliberate(Adjective)

    Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash.

    The opinion resulted in a deliberate measure.

  5. deliberate(Adjective)

    Not hasty or sudden; slow.

    The prime minister resided over the cautious, deliberate action.

  6. Origin: From deliberatus, past participle of delibero, from de + *, libro, from *, libra; see librate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deliberate(adj)

    weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of a step; circumspect; slow in determining; -- applied to persons; as, a deliberate judge or counselor

  2. Deliberate(adj)

    formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash; as, a deliberate opinion; a deliberate measure or result

  3. Deliberate(adj)

    not hasty or sudden; slow

  4. Deliberate(verb)

    to weigh in the mind; to consider the reasons for and against; to consider maturely; to reflect upon; to ponder; as, to deliberate a question

  5. Deliberate(verb)

    to take counsel with one's self; to weigh the arguments for and against a proposed course of action; to reflect; to consider; to hesitate in deciding; -- sometimes with on, upon, about, concerning

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'deliberate' in Adjectives Frequency: #853

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intentional and not by accident

That was a deliberate insult.

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