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Meaning of DELIBERATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]di'liburit, [v]di'libu`reyt, di'libehrut

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  with care and dignity; "walking at the same measured pace"; "with all deliberate speed"
  2. [adj]  by conscious design or purpose; "intentional damage"; "a knowing attempt to defraud"; "a willful waste of time"
  3. [adj]  produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation; "a studied smile"; "a note of biting irony and studied insult"- V.L.Parrington
  4. [adj]  carefully thought out in advance; "a calculated insult"; "with measured irony"
  5. [adj]  marked by careful consideration or reflection; "a deliberate decision"
  6. [v]  discuss the pros and cons of an issue
  7. [v]  think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"
 

DELIBERATE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: calculated, careful, consider, debate, intended, intentional, knowing, measured, moot, premeditated, studied, thoughtful, turn over, unhurried, wilful, willful
 
 Antonyms: uncontrived, unstudied
 
 See Also: affected, consult, discuss, premeditate, see, take counsel, talk over, think twice, unnatural, vex, wrestle

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*lib"er*ate\, a. [L. deliberatus, p. p. of
    deliberare to deliberate; de- + librare to weigh. See
    {Librate}.]
    1. Weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or
       decision; carefully considering the probable consequences
       of a step; circumspect; slow in determining; -- applied to
       persons; as, a deliberate judge or counselor. ``These
       deliberate fools.'' --Shak.
    
    2. Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully
       considered; not sudden or rash; as, a deliberate opinion;
       a deliberate measure or result.
    
             Settled visage and deliberate word.   --Shak.
    
    3. Not hasty or sudden; slow. --Hooker.
    
             His enunciation was so deliberate.    --W. Wirt.
    
    
    
    
  2. \De*lib"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deliberated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Deliberating}.]
    To weigh in the mind; to consider the reasons for and
    against; to consider maturely; to reflect upon; to ponder;
    as, to deliberate a question.
    
    
  3. \De*lib"er*ate\, v. i.
    To take counsel with one's self; to weigh the arguments for
    and against a proposed course of action; to reflect; to
    consider; to hesitate in deciding; -- sometimes with on,
    upon, about, concerning.
    
          The woman that deliberates is lost.      --Addison.
    
    
 
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