A Word A Day : Deliberate

Tuesday, 5th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective & Verb )

Pronunciation : di-lí-bbe-ret

1. Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects

2. Arising from or marked by careful consideration

3. Unhurried in action, movement, or manner, as if trying to avoid error

4. To think carefully and often slowly, as about a choice to be made

5. To consult with another or others in a process of reaching a decision

6. To consider (a matter) carefully and often slowly, as by weighing alternatives

Transitive and Intransitive Verb :

Past and past participle : deliberated
Present participle : deliberating
3rd person present singular : deliberates


15th century - Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare - weigh carefully - librare - weigh - libra - balance

Willful; purposeful; determined after thoughtful evaluation of all relevant factors; dispassionate. To act with a particular intent, which is derived from a careful consideration of factors that influence the choice to be made.


purposeful, premeditated, conscious, intentional, calculated, planned, thoughtful, careful, slow, cautious, unhurried, wary, measured, considered, methodical, meditative


accidental, chance, indeterminate, unintentional, unmethodical, unsystematic, unwitting, hasty

Contextual Examples:

• Art is a deliberate recreation of a new and special reality that grows from your response to life. It cannot be copied. It must be created.

• She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision.

• The jury deliberated for three hours.

• Another of his deliberate tricks was one discovered by accident.

• His slow, deliberate ways were even slower than his normal approach.

Related Words:

deliberately : Adverb

deliberateness : Noun

deliberator : Noun

deliberative : Adjective

deliberation : Noun

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