Definition of deliberation in US English:



  • 1Long and careful consideration or discussion.

    ‘after much deliberation we arrived at a compromise’
    ‘the commission's deliberations’
    • ‘The council also invites private-sector observers to join their deliberations.’
    • ‘Some people feel that it is a bad idea for jurors to discuss their deliberations.’
    • ‘Whether we will be able to come to agreement on this we don't yet know, as the reference group has not yet completed its deliberations.’
    • ‘They asserted that deliberations had focused more on the interests of the elite than those of the general public.’
    • ‘After two days deliberations they returned a guilty verdict by a majority of 10-2.’
    • ‘Both sides had been playing as though still searching for their fluency, even simply for a meaning to their deliberations.’
    • ‘Yet no major initiatives are expected to emerge from the deliberations.’
    • ‘It was a six-month-long process of detailed deliberations and consultations.’
    • ‘Although we don't actually get to cast a vote, it's hard not to become involved in the deliberations.’
    • ‘The length of their deliberations surprised me after the brutality of the crime.’
    • ‘Jurors with nicotine addictions are let out during deliberations to smoke.’
    • ‘I said to them that in their deliberations they should consider the ten pensioners' flats adjacent.’
    • ‘All business reports have been submitted and the judging panel is in the course of making its deliberations.’
    • ‘These people did not go easy on her in their deliberations, from all appearances.’
    • ‘The judges resumed their deliberations without the aid workers yesterday, who did not appear on the trial's fifth day.’
    • ‘The jury was resuming its deliberations today to consider verdicts on two remaining charges.’
    • ‘The discussions and deliberations which transpired over this period have been treated as a state secret.’
    • ‘Council discussed the prospective sales during budget deliberations this month.’
    • ‘There are tight legal restrictions on discussing real jury deliberations.’
    • ‘Social partnership is subjected to no democratic accountability and its deliberations are carried out in secret.’
    thought, thinking, consideration, reflection, contemplation, cogitation, pondering, weighing up, musing, meditation, rumination, brooding
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  • 2Slow and careful movement or thought.

    ‘he replaced the glass on the table with deliberation’
    • ‘With a slow deliberation she folded it and held it out to him with a playful innocence that made him want to rush over to her and kiss her.’
    • ‘Again, he fired but this time taking great care and deliberation with each pull of the trigger.’
    • ‘Tanned and looking younger than he is, he speaks with slow deliberation, well aware of the power of the spoken word.’
    • ‘I looked over the reef to see large shadows moving with slow deliberation way below.’
    • ‘Morgan smirks and with slow deliberation, sorts through the pile of books on the desk.’
    • ‘No bill, no matter how great it is in substance, will be able to do that without care and great deliberation.’
    • ‘Arms vertically extended, I turned with the slow deliberation of a cornered felon.’
    • ‘Bold bedrooms may look free, but remember that they have been put together with deliberation, care and discipline.’
    • ‘Again and again, with slow deliberation, the whale approaches the boat.’
    • ‘He had been striding back and forth, rubbing his chin in deliberation at an agonizingly slow pace.’
    • ‘The work of the Code revision committee proceeded with calculated deliberation.’
    care, carefulness, lack of haste, steadiness
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin deliberatio(n-), from deliberare ‘consider carefully’ (see deliberate).