Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional: mistook the oversight for a deliberate insult.
  • adj. Arising from or marked by careful consideration: a deliberate decision. See Synonyms at voluntary.
  • adj. Unhurried in action, movement, or manner, as if trying to avoid error: moved at a deliberate pace. See Synonyms at slow.
  • intransitive v. To think carefully and often slowly, as about a choice to be made.
  • intransitive v. To consult with another or others in a process of reaching a decision.
  • transitive v. To consider (a matter) carefully and often slowly, as by weighing alternatives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Done on purpose; intentional.
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash.
  • adj. Not hasty or sudden; slow.
  • v. To consider carefully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • adj. Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash
  • adj. Not hasty or sudden; slow.
  • adj. having awareness of the likely consequences; intentional.
  • transitive v. To weigh in the mind; to consider the reasons for and against; to consider maturely; to reflect upon; to ponder.
  • intransitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To weigh in the mind; weigh the arguments or considerations for and against; think or reflect upon; consider.
  • To think carefully or attentively; consider and examine the reasons for and against a proposition; estimate the weight or force of arguments, or the probable consequences of an action, in order to a choice or decision; reflect carefully upon what is to be done; consider.
  • More loosely, to pause and consider; stop to reflect.
  • Synonyms To ponder, cogitate, reflect, debate, think, meditate, ruminate, muse.
  • Weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of an action; circumspect; careful and slow in deciding: applied to persons.
  • Formed or done with careful consideration and full intention; well weighed or considered; not sudden or rash: applied to thoughts or acts: as, a deliberate opinion; a deliberate purpose; a deliberate falsehood.
  • Characterized by slowness in decision or action; slow.
  • Synonyms and Cautious, cool, wary, careful, thoughtful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. think about carefully; weigh
  • v. discuss the pros and cons of an issue
  • adj. carefully thought out in advance
  • adj. unhurried and with care and dignity

Etymologies

Latin dēlīberātus, past participle of dēlīberāre, to consider, weigh : dē-, de- + lībrāre, to balance (from lībra, a balance, scales).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deliberatus, past participle of delibero ("I consider, weigh well"), from de + *libero, libro ("I weigh"), from *libera, libra ("a balance"); see librate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After what she calls a deliberate campaign to keep her from meeting performance targets – including by giving her an out-of-the-way desk where customers couldn't find her – she was fired in August, according to her complaints.

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  • LEHRER: Well, in my book I profiled some pilots and talk about how pilots learn to practice what they call deliberate calm, and the other thing that gets back to why they practice in flight simulators.

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  • In my not-so-humble opinion, there are a number of distinct examples of that sort of thing, but one of the most annoying is what I call the deliberate misunderstanding of your point.

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  • She's accusing the Bush administration of what she calls deliberate neglect.

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  • Du Toit, who has been in jail since April 2002, told the judge he would not have a fair trial because of what he termed the deliberate delay tactics used by the prosecution.

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  • The report also notes what it calls deliberate and continuous absenteeism "perpetrated in order to engage in remunerative work outside the public service".

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  • Stofile said he had been shocked to learn of Tanana's remarks and would seek legal opinion on what he called deliberate slander.

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  • Prime Minister Ahmed Abdou, in a radio address Thursday, blamed what he called deliberate "destabilization" on "elements opposed to the regime."

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  • Africa's development, and he condemned what he described as a deliberate campaign by the West to destroy Nigeria.

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  • NATIONS Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, in an angry statement, condemned what he called a deliberate and heinous attack by Bosnian Serbs on French U.N. troops in Sarajevo and demanded an immediate halt to such actions.

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