Definition of deliberate in English:


Line breaks: de¦lib|er¦ate


Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪb(ə)rət
  • 2Careful and unhurried: a conscientious and deliberate worker
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    • We want to be very, very careful, and I have every confidence in my husband, in his administration, that they will be very careful and very deliberate over this.
    • He is very deliberate, very careful, has a wonderful sense of humor.
    • Recruiting teachers has become a careful and deliberate process because the reputation of the institution depends on them.
    careful, cautious, unhurried, measured, regular, even, steady; leisurely; laborious, ponderousmethodical, systematic, careful, painstaking, meticulous, thorough
  • 2.1Fully considered; not impulsive: a deliberate decision
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    • A deliberate decision - decided I would vote when it was voluntary.
    • It was this committee that took the deliberate decision that the coronation of Charles II would be conducted as if the previous ten years had not happened.
    • Only deliberate effort enables one fully to grasp the implications of such a position.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪbəreɪt
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Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪb(ə)rətnɪs/
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  • You can see the deliberateness with which the scholar seeks his material after he gets going, but a poet never lives in that way at all.
  • Not only, then, does materialist evolutionary theory fail to deliver knowledge, truth, deliberateness and agency, but they are of little or no evolutionary value.
  • It is has a sense of heightened unreality, a deliberateness that gives the characters depth despite occasionally too-smooth dialogue.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪbəreɪtə/
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  • Remember them - our lawmakers, policy deliberators, budget writers?
  • Each deliberator will be paid $150 for the day's work of citizenship.
  • Well, Ray was more, as the book says, the deliberator.


late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin deliberatus, 'considered carefully', past participle of deliberare, from de- 'down' + librare 'weigh' (from libra 'scales').

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