Definitions

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

  • adj. Assembled or organized for deliberation or debate: a deliberative legislature.
  • adj. Characterized by or for use in deliberation or debate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That deliberates.
  • n. A discourse in which a question is discussed, or weighed and examined.
  • n. A kind of rhetoric employed in proving a thing and convincing others of its truth, in order to persuade them to adopt it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to deliberation; proceeding or acting by deliberation, or by discussion and examination; deliberating.
  • n. A discourse in which a question is discussed, or weighed and examined.
  • n. A kind of rhetoric employed in proving a thing and convincing others of its truth, in order to persuade them to adopt it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to deliberation or meditation; consisting of or used in discussion; argumentative; reasoning: as, a deliberative judgment or opinion; territorial delegates have a deliberative voice in Congress (that is, a right to engage in debate, though not to vote).
  • Characterized by deliberation; proceeding from or acting by deliberation, especially by formal discussion: as, deliberative thought; the legislature is a deliberative body.
  • n. A discourse in which a question is discussed or weighed and examined.
  • n. In rhetoric, the art of proving a thing and convincing others of its truth, in order to persuade them to adopt it; the art of persuasion.

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

  • adj. involved in or characterized by deliberation and discussion and examination

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Examples

  • "The boards are not going to be advisory, they're going to be what I call deliberative," said McNiff in a wide-ranging interview with the Daily News last week, before he presented the plan to pastors and parochial school parents in the Bronx.

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  • From the start of the session, Buckley has insisted on sticking to what she calls a deliberative process for rescuing state services from Gibbons 'budget knife.

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  • One other thing, aside from long and disjointed terms, that definitely makes the Senate so deliberative is its relatively small size.

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  • Note 48: Another of the progymnasmata exercises, the encomium offered "basic training" for epideictic rhetoric, although it was also useful in deliberative and forensic oratory.

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  • Whosoever denies the beverage which predates even bread as a staple of humankind through some dark, grotesque, and terrifying manner of thinking is clearly incapable of a degree of cognition sufficient to even pour pee out of a boot with instructions written under the heel, let alone engage in deliberative self-government.

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  • This is crystallized in the fact that social democrats do not represent a policy but rather they come up with something they call deliberative politics which has parallels in postmodernist relativism.

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  • Rather, quality refers to a deliberative process: defining the problem; measuring costs, benefits and risks; weighing alternatives, making trade-offs, avoiding duplication; and giving the public opportunity to comment.

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  • Terrorist acts such as suicide bombings are not typically carried out in an emotional frenzy; they are the consequences of deeply held belief systems and long-term deliberative planning.

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  • So we commissioned PoliticsHome to use its new technique: so-called deliberative polling.

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  • These, then, are our conclusions respecting the deliberative, that is, the supreme element in states.

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