Definitions for: Deliberate


[adj] with care and dignity; "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed"
[adj] by conscious design or purpose; "intentional damage"; "a knowing attempt to defraud"; "a willful waste of time"
[adj] produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation; "a studied smile"; "a note of biting irony and studied insult"- V.L.Parrington
[adj] carefully thought out in advance; "a calculated insult"; "with measured irony"
[adj] marked by careful consideration or reflection; "a deliberate decision"
[v] discuss the pros and cons of an issue
[v] think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*lib"er*ate, a. [L. deliberatus, p. p. of
deliberare to deliberate; de- + librare to weigh. See
Librate.]
1. 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. ``These
deliberate fools.'' --Shak.

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

Settled visage and deliberate word. --Shak.

3. Not hasty or sudden; slow. --Hooker.

His enunciation was so deliberate. --W. Wirt.


De*lib"er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deliberated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Deliberating.]
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.


De*lib"er*ate, v. i.
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.

The woman that deliberates is lost. --Addison.

Synonyms: calculated, careful, consider, debate, intended, intentional, knowing, measured, moot, premeditated, studied, thoughtful, turn over, unhurried, wilful, willful

Antonyms: uncontrived, unstudied

See Also: affected, consult, discuss, premeditate, see, take counsel, talk over, think twice, unnatural, vex, wrestle

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