- The definition of deliberate is doing something on purpose and with careful thought.
- An example of deliberate is buying gifts only after hours of considering your options.
- An example of deliberate is shooting a gun after aiming very carefully.
- To deliberate is to think about or discuss something until you reach a conclusion.
An example of to deliberate is what is done by a jury during a trial.
deliberate definition by Webster's New World
- carefully thought out and formed, or done on purpose; premeditated
- careful in considering, judging, or deciding; not rash or hasty
- unhurried and methodical: take deliberate aim
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare, to consider, weigh well ; from de-, intensive plush librare, to weigh ; from libra, a scales
deliberate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional: mistook the oversight for a deliberate insult.
- Arising from or marked by careful consideration: a deliberate decision. See Synonyms at voluntary.
- Unhurried in action, movement, or manner, as if trying to avoid error: moved at a deliberate pace. See Synonyms at slow.
- To think carefully and often slowly, as about a choice to be made.
- To consult with another or others in a process of reaching a decision.
Origin: Latin dēlīberātus, past participle of dēlīberāre, to consider, weigh : dē-, de- + lībrāre, to balance (from lībra, a balance, scales).
- de·libˈer·ate·ly adverb
- de·libˈer·ate·ness noun
deliberate - Legal Definition
- Intentional and premeditated, of an act performed with prior planning; with full consideration and thoroughly, as in “with all deliberate speed.”
- The process by which jurors determine the outcome of a case.