1. carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
  2. characterized by deliberation or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision.
  3. leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried: moving with a deliberate step.

verb (used with object), de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing.

  1. to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.

verb (used without object), de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing.

  1. to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.
  2. to consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.

adjective (dɪˈlɪbərɪt)

  1. carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentionala deliberate insult
  2. careful or unhurried in speech or actiona deliberate pace

verb (dɪˈlɪbəˌreɪt)

  1. to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over

early 15c., “done with careful consideration,” from Latin deliberatus “resolved upon, determined,” past participle of deliberare (see deliberation). Meaning “slow, consciously unhurried” is attested by 1590s. Related: Deliberately.


1540s, from Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare (see deliberation). Related: Deliberated; deliberating.

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