deliberate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin deliberatus, past participle of delibero (I consider, weigh well), from de + *libero, libro (I weigh), from *libera, libra (a balance); see librate.

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  • (Adjective):
    • enPR: dĭlĭ'bərət, IPA(key): /dɪˈlɪbərət/
    • enPR: dəlĭ'bərət, IPA(key): /dəˈlɪbərət/
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  • (Verb):
    • enPR: dĭlĭ'bərāt, IPA(key): /dɪˈlɪbəreɪt/
    • enPR: dəlĭ'bərāt, IPA(key): /dəˈlɪbəreɪt/
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      (verb sense)

Adjective[edit]

deliberate (comparative more deliberate, superlative most deliberate)

  1. Done on purpose; intentional.
    Tripping me was deliberate action.
  2. Of a person, weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of a step; circumspect; slow in determining.
    The jury took eight hours to come to its deliberate verdict.
  3. Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash.
    a deliberate opinion; a deliberate measure or result
    • Shakespeare
      settled visage and deliberate word
  4. Not hasty or sudden; slow.
    • W. Wirt
      His enunciation was so deliberate.

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Verb[edit]

deliberate (third-person singular simple present deliberates, present participle deliberating, simple past and past participle deliberated)

  1. To consider carefully.
    It is now time for the jury to deliberate the guilt of the defendant.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

deliberate

  1. second-person plural present tense and imperative of deliberare

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

dēlīberāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēlīberō