- carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
- characterized by deliberation or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision.
- 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.
- to weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.
verb (used without object), de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing.
- to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.
- to consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.
- carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentionala deliberate insult
- careful or unhurried in speech or actiona deliberate pace
- 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.