Definition of deliberate in English:

deliberate

adjective

Pronunciation /dɪˈlɪb(ə)rət/
  • 1Done consciously and intentionally.

    ‘a deliberate attempt to provoke conflict’
    • ‘You also talk about the ruling class and how to gauge their intentions - to what extent their actions are deliberate and conscious.’
    • ‘Yeah, but the cuts planned in those services are a deliberate attempt to undermine social provision, not a necessity of economics.’
    • ‘‘The action and conduct of the two newspapers was conscious and deliberate,’ he said.’
    • ‘Genocide is the deliberate and preplanned attempt to wipe out a particular race of people.’
    • ‘It was a conscious, deliberate effort to distill myself into a bunch of electrons residing on a server somewhere on the World Wide Web.’
    • ‘But basically I think the problem with it is, is that both of these stories are deliberate and conscious constructs right from the beginning.’
    • ‘Institutional racism does not have to be deliberate and conscious.’
    • ‘Separation from family is one of the most apparent costs of participating in the program and it's a conscious and deliberate strategy and policy.’
    • ‘He would need to show a willful mendacity, an intention to deceive by deliberate falsification.’
    • ‘Most of the hostility faced by conservatives is not explicit, and often not conscious or deliberate.’
    • ‘He said there is no deliberate attempt to provoke feelings of isolation, but the looped video of a train constantly leaving the viewer stranded is a touch eerie.’
    • ‘We have reason to believe at this point in time with the evidence through the course of the investigation this was premeditated, deliberate, intentional.’
    • ‘Another sort of deliberate attempt to purposely sabotage you?’
    • ‘What is most chilling is the deliberate and calculated attempt by Government to take on its most vulnerable and to make them enemies of the State.’
    • ‘To my mind a lie is a deliberate intent to deceive.’
    • ‘It furthermore does not assume that quitting was a conscious and deliberate act as has often been assumed as part of formal cessation programs.’
    • ‘And those injuries have been inflicted with deliberate and premeditated intent.’
    • ‘I always make a conscious and deliberate effort to cover these matters in each patient in order not to miss anything.’
    • ‘Our consciousness is biased to think that its own intentions and deliberate choices rule our lives.’
    • ‘This correspondence and subsequent appropriation may not have been deliberate or completely conscious.’
    intentional, calculated, conscious, done on purpose, intended, planned, meant, considered, studied, knowing, wilful, wanton, purposeful, purposive, premeditated, pre-planned, thought out in advance, prearranged, preconceived, predetermined
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  • 2Careful and unhurried.

    ‘a conscientious and deliberate worker’
    • ‘The needs of children and youth of adoption, however, necessitate their application in a deliberate and conscientious manner.’
    • ‘This is a very deliberate, cautious first step.’
    • ‘The camp location was chosen with careful and deliberate thought.’
    • ‘Like many men of his generation who have experienced war, this is how he is; measured, deliberate, cool - as if nothing in civilian life is worth getting too exited about.’
    • ‘Two sets of prints show adults, probably a male and female, walking in tandem at a steady and deliberate pace.’
    • ‘She was being quite deliberate with her movements, and I wanted to know why.’
    • ‘With a steady and deliberate pace, a figure wearing a hooded cloak came into view, holding a candelabra in one hand and a blanket of some kind in the other.’
    • ‘Scientists can also change an electrolyte's ionic strength to alter the outcome of a reaction in a measured, deliberate way.’
    • ‘We want to be very, very careful, and I have every confidence in my husband, in his administration, that they will be very careful and very deliberate over this.’
    • ‘There is no heat and fire in the characteristics of Saturn, no burning passion or inflamed desire, its movement is deliberate, steady and predictable.’
    • ‘This time around, reckless abandon has given way to cautious and deliberate strokes.’
    • ‘Everything is very measured, very deliberate, very proper, with a flawless outer sheen concealing what lies just below the surface.’
    • ‘That is why the introduction of a national ID card should be careful and deliberate, not something done in excess haste.’
    • ‘Instead, he straightened his spine and took a few slow, deliberate steps forward.’
    • ‘Thus, we must take measured but deliberate steps in our financial war on terrorism.’
    • ‘With deliberate caution, he slid the scroll into his tunic and patted it gently.’
    • ‘Recruiting teachers has become a careful and deliberate process because the reputation of the institution depends on them.’
    • ‘He is very deliberate, very careful, has a wonderful sense of humor.’
    • ‘Their movements like the placement of the candles are measured and deliberate.’
    • ‘Father spoke much too casually; Mama's stitching was much too steady and deliberate, almost forced.’
    careful, cautious, unhurried, measured, regular, even, steady
    methodical, systematic, careful, painstaking, meticulous, thorough
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    1. 2.1 Fully considered; not impulsive.
      ‘a deliberate decision’
      • ‘In part, the continued support for settlements results from deliberate policy decisions.’
      • ‘It was a deliberate decision to challenge myself.’
      • ‘Can't quite remember if that was a deliberate decision or not…’
      • ‘But what you're also seeing is some very deliberate decisions by people who have seen what's happening federally, particularly from the Government.’
      • ‘But again that's making it sound terribly conscious and deliberate, and I'm not that kind of writer.’
      • ‘They've made a deliberate decision on this album not to use any keyboards, and to have no conventional guitar solos.’
      • ‘It might have been a very sensible, deliberate decision.’
      • ‘That was a deliberate decision as I was looking for a pure sound which was of a certain kind.’
      • ‘He claims his motive in this decision has been deliberate, rather than a result of his not being invited to participate.’
      • ‘He said there was a deliberate decision not to put the decentralised departments into gateways.’
      • ‘It was a very deliberate decision when I started the site that I was going to swear like a trooper.’
      • ‘I still have no idea why it was that he chose to reveal himself to me at that moment, but I am sure he did just as I am sure that it was a deliberate decision on his part.’
      • ‘But this question assumes that writing is a whole lot more conscious and deliberate than it actually is.’
      • ‘At the same time, it has left him open to charges of flip-flopping, and concerns that his deliberate, decision - making style may be a hindrance in the Oval Office.’
      • ‘And over time, we began to realise as it sunk in that it wasn't a mistake, that this was a deliberate decision.’
      • ‘He will be very different - but not from deliberate decision, but because like any assembly of the powerful, those assembled wish to exercise that power for different ends.’
      • ‘It was this committee that took the deliberate decision that the coronation of Charles II would be conducted as if the previous ten years had not happened.’
      • ‘Only deliberate effort enables one fully to grasp the implications of such a position.’
      • ‘A conscious and deliberate thinking on wealth creation is mandatory and is not evident in the current budget.’
      • ‘A deliberate decision - decided I would vote when it was voluntary.’

verb

[no object]
Pronunciation /dɪˈlɪbəreɪt/
  • 1Engage in long and careful consideration.

    ‘she deliberated over the menu’
    • ‘As Law Lords deliberated over whether the use of the Parliament Act to ban hunting was legal, the biggest parade of hounds in history left their decision somewhat irrelevant.’
    • ‘The news team, obviously at a loss about what to do while the jury deliberates, saw fit to write this story up and give the idiot fan concerned his moment in the media spotlight.’
    • ‘The jury had deliberated for nine hours after the three-week trial.’
    • ‘The jury deliberated on the penalty phase late into Friday evening, but did not reach a unanimous verdict.’
    • ‘Conferees deliberated over issues like the moral questions raised by new brain scanning techniques, which some believe will lead to the creation of truly effective lie detectors.’
    • ‘I had a huge class for a mixed-media course, and really deliberated over what type of ‘practical’ final exam to give these students.’
    • ‘For the rest of the year, every activity can be weighed up and deliberated over according to the level of risk that it carries, and what could be gained by doing it.’
    • ‘The jury deliberated for just under five hours before returning the guilty verdicts.’
    • ‘I got angry in the morning, then simmered all afternoon while I deliberated over how I would display my anger, and then went and displayed my anger.’
    • ‘The jury is continuing to deliberate on another charge of false accounting and another of furnishing false information.’
    • ‘This was before it was razed in the late '80s and stood vacant for years while the city government deliberated over what to build there.’
    • ‘She deliberated over going to the police to make a complaint, but came to the view that no-one would believe such a thing of such a well-known and respected figure.’
    • ‘It certainly does not address the problem of judges telling the jury how to deliberate and vote.’
    • ‘In carrying out this study, the panel met and deliberated over a period of almost 2 years.’
    • ‘I deliberated over the crayfish and lobster bisque or spiced blackened tuna with Moroccan couscous, coriander oil and sweet chilli sauce.’
    • ‘In those days you would get a good late model Porsche 911 for half that money and I deliberated over this offer for about a week, eventually deciding that ‘good sense’ would say to let it go by.’
    • ‘I deliberated over it for months and my husband and I discussed it at length before I decided to go on tour.’
    • ‘I had planned this moment for so long, tripped over details in my head, deliberated over how I would do this.’
    • ‘On the timing of the withdrawal, the official said that the company deliberated over the issue and acted on the said date when the case came up for hearing.’
    • ‘I went to a coffee shop and deliberated over which iced coffee to buy.’
    1. 1.1with object Consider (a question) carefully.
      ‘jurors deliberated the fate of those charged’
      with clause ‘they deliberated what they should do with him’
      • ‘The House has been deliberating the election bill in the past few months and is expected to endorse it by the end of this year.’
      • ‘As I ran back and forth, hitting the balls he sent me, I deliberated the question - could I ethically have a different attitude toward Ben, just because he was with the girl I loved?’
      • ‘Sources said the jury took two hours to deliberate Small's fate and a probation report would now be prepared to determine the term of his sentence.’
      • ‘Scientists are still deliberating this question.’
      • ‘There should be a representative from this community on every ‘ethics’ board that deliberates such matters.’
      • ‘The longer they spend deliberating the cuts, the happier I am.’
      • ‘The executive will then spend a couple of days deliberating the matter before releasing their findings.’
      • ‘Those bids are on hold until council deliberates rezoning.’
      • ‘The House of Representatives is also currently deliberating a bill on special autonomy, which is expected to provide another peaceful solution.’
      • ‘The women were all very adamantly disciplined, unable to understand the natives' strange ways of deliberating their time and apportioning personal space.’
      • ‘I ultimately conclude that a number of parties play a role in deliberating claims of artistic value in rock music: music writers, artists, fans, and commercial interests.’
      • ‘Jurors in the state are deliberating the fate of a long-time sheriff accused of ordering the murder of his successor.’
      • ‘The House of Representatives is currently in the process of deliberating the amendment of the central bank law.’
      • ‘It wouldn't have been so bad if Monday hadn't been a bank holiday and Tuesday been a whole day spent in the boardroom deliberating the winners of this year's Awards.’
      • ‘The seven female and five male jurors will continue deliberating verdicts today in the retrial at Hull Crown Court after being sent home last night.’
      • ‘Juries are often prohibited from considering penalties when deliberating a criminal case.’
      • ‘Legislators are in the midst of deliberating a bill on state bonds to allow the creation of a government debt market.’
      • ‘The disagreement prompted lawmakers deliberating the controversial bill to bring the issue to a closed-door meeting on Thursday for lobbying.’
      • ‘In 1933, the Protestant Church deliberated the question of whether Christians converted from Judaism should still be allowed to belong to the Church.’
      • ‘The committee was tasked with deliberating the content of the bill, while the special team has dealt mainly with the bill's wording.’
      think about, think over, ponder, consider, contemplate, reflect on, muse on, meditate on, ruminate on, mull over, chew over, turn over in one's mind, give thought to, cogitate about
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Origin

Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin deliberatus, ‘considered carefully’, past participle of deliberare, from de- ‘down’ + librare ‘weigh’ (from libra ‘scales’).

Pronunciation

deliberate

Adjective/dɪˈlɪb(ə)rət/

deliberate

Verb/dɪˈlɪbəreɪt/