deliberation Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question
    • the deliberations of the jury
  2. noun careful consideration
    advisement; weighing.
    • a little deliberation would have deterred them
  3. noun planning something carefully and intentionally
    • it was the deliberation of his act that was insulting
  4. noun a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry
    deliberateness; unhurriedness; slowness.
  5. noun the trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision
    • he was a man of judicial deliberation


De*lib`er*a"tion noun
L. deliberatio: cf. F. délibération.
  1. The act of deliberating, or of weighing and examining the reasons for and against a choice or measure; careful consideration; mature reflection.
    Choosing the fairest way with a calm deliberation. W. Montagu.
  2. Careful discussion and examination of the reasons for and against a measure; as, the deliberations of a legislative body or council.

Webster 1913