1. Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional: mistook the oversight for a deliberate insult.
2. Arising from or marked by careful consideration: a deliberate decision. See Synonyms at voluntary.
3. Unhurried in action, movement, or manner, as if trying to avoid error: moved at a deliberate pace. See Synonyms at slow.
v. (–rt) de·lib·er·at·ed, de·lib·er·at·ing, de·lib·er·ates
1. To think carefully and often slowly, as about a choice to be made.
2. To consult with another or others in a process of reaching a decision.
To consider (a matter) carefully and often slowly, as by weighing alternatives.
[Latin dlbertus, past participle of dlberre, to consider, weigh : d-, de- + lbrre, to balance (from lbra, a balance, scales).]
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