deliberate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb think about carefully; weigh
    moot; turn over; consider; debate.
    • They considered the possibility of a strike
    • Turn the proposal over in your mind
  2. verb discuss the pros and cons of an issue
  3. adjective satellite carefully thought out in advance
    calculated; measured.
    • a calculated insult
    • with measured irony
  4. adjective satellite unhurried and with care and dignity
    careful; measured.
    • walking at the same measured pace
    • with all deliberate speed


De*lib"er*ate adjective
L. deliberatus, p. p. of deliberare to deliberate; de- + librare to weigh. See Librate.
  1. Weighing facts and arguments with a view 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.
De*lib"er*ate transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Deliberated; present participle & verbal noun Deliberating
  1. 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.
De*lib"er*ate intransitive verb
  1. 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, concerning.
    The woman the deliberation is lost. Addison.

Webster 1913