Definition of deliberation in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˌlɪbəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1Long and careful consideration or discussion: after much deliberation we arrived at a compromise [count noun]: the commission’s deliberations
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  • I said to them that in their deliberations they should consider the ten pensioners' flats adjacent.
  • 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.
thought, thinking, consideration, reflection, contemplation, cogitation, pondering, weighing up, musing, meditation, rumination, brooding;
discussion, debate, consultation, conferring
rare excogitation, cerebration
2Slow and careful movement or thought: he replaced the glass on the table with deliberation
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  • Arms vertically extended, I turned with the slow deliberation of a cornered felon.
  • Again and again, with slow deliberation, the whale approaches the boat.
  • Tanned and looking younger than he is, he speaks with slow deliberation, well aware of the power of the spoken word.
care, carefulness, lack of haste, steadiness;
caution, slowness, laboriousness, ponderousness


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin deliberatio(n-), from deliberare 'consider carefully' (see deliberate).

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