deliberate[di lib′ər it; for v., -āt′]
- 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.
- 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 of deliberateMiddle English ; from Classical Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare, to consider, weigh well ; from de-, intensive + librare, to weigh ; from libra, a scales
intransitive verbdeliberated, deliberating
- 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 and careful: moved at a deliberate pace.
verbde·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing, de·lib·er·ates
- 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 of deliberateLatin dēlīberātus, past participle of dēlīberāre, to consider, weigh : dē-, de- + lībrāre, to balance (from lībra, a balance, scales).
(comparative more deliberate, superlative most deliberate)
- Done on purpose; intentional.
- Tripping me was deliberate action.
- Of a person, weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of a step; circumspect; slow in determining.
- The jury took eight hours to come to its deliberate verdict.
- Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash.
- a deliberate opinion; a deliberate measure or result
- Not hasty or sudden; slow.
- (intentional): unwitting
(third-person singular simple present deliberates, present participle deliberating, simple past and past participle deliberated)
- To consider carefully.
- It is now time for the jury to deliberate the guilt of the defendant.
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.