Definition of deliberately in English:



  • 1Consciously and intentionally; on purpose.

    ‘the fire was started deliberately’
    • ‘I'm not trying to be deliberately provocative here, by the way.’
    • ‘I can say as a parent that I was often innocent and occasionally deliberately ignorant about the areas of sin in my own life.’
    • ‘Many have justifiable ethical concerns about deliberately deceiving patients regarding the nature of their treatment.’
    • ‘The line between citizens and the state is being deliberately and successfully blurred, not just by governments, but also by terrorists.’
    • ‘Information suggests that some of these vehicles were deliberately followed prior to being stolen by thieves in another vehicle.’
    • ‘At times, they have been more or less deliberately constructed for public relations purposes.’
    • ‘Richardson that she couldn't afford the mortgage were deliberately concealed.’
    • ‘In most cases it is done out of ignorance, not deliberately.’
    • ‘The Graduate Program in Music is deliberately small, admitting six to eight students each year.’
    • ‘Sometimes, they deliberately kept houses vacant in order to make speculative gains in the market.’
    • ‘The language of central banking is obscure, deliberately obscured, in my view.’
    • ‘He deliberately tried not to think about the telegram any more.’
    • ‘He suggests that they were deliberately being kept out of sight.’
    • ‘We do not know whether those statements were deliberately misleading or uninformed.’
    • ‘I think the press has been confused about this or deliberately misled.’
    • ‘The accused was deliberately deceptive about where he lived.’
    • ‘Whilst Courbet was an open revolutionary, Manet did not deliberately produce provocative paintings, in his eyes he was emulating the early greats.’
    • ‘The Maastricht package was a political bargain, which deliberately left for later negotiation many of the wider ramifications of monetary union.’
    • ‘She would never have deliberately taken her own life.’
    • ‘Allegations were made that the asylum-seekers had deliberately thrown their children overboard.’
    intentionally, on purpose, purposely, by design, knowingly, wittingly, consciously, purposefully
    carefully, unhurriedly, steadily, evenly, measuredly
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  • 2In a careful and unhurried way.

    ‘slowly and deliberately he rose from the armchair’
    • ‘Slowly, deliberately maintaining eye contact with him, Beth drew one arm around Charlotte's waist.’
    careful, cautious, unhurried, measured, regular, even, steady
    methodical, systematic, careful, painstaking, meticulous, thorough
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