from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional: mistook the oversight for a deliberate insult.
- adj. Arising from or marked by careful consideration: a deliberate decision. See Synonyms at voluntary.
- adj. Unhurried in action, movement, or manner, as if trying to avoid error: moved at a deliberate pace. See Synonyms at slow.
- intransitive v. To think carefully and often slowly, as about a choice to be made.
- intransitive v. To consult with another or others in a process of reaching a decision.
- transitive v. To consider (a matter) carefully and often slowly, as by weighing alternatives.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Done on purpose; intentional.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash.
- adj. Not hasty or sudden; slow.
- v. To consider carefully.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of a step; circumspect; slow in determining; -- applied to persons.
- adj. Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash
- adj. Not hasty or sudden; slow.
- adj. having awareness of the likely consequences; intentional.
- transitive v. To weigh in the mind; to consider the reasons for and against; to consider maturely; to reflect upon; to ponder.
- intransitive v. 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, about, concerning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To weigh in the mind; weigh the arguments or considerations for and against; think or reflect upon; consider.
- To think carefully or attentively; consider and examine the reasons for and against a proposition; estimate the weight or force of arguments, or the probable consequences of an action, in order to a choice or decision; reflect carefully upon what is to be done; consider.
- More loosely, to pause and consider; stop to reflect.
- Synonyms To ponder, cogitate, reflect, debate, think, meditate, ruminate, muse.
- Weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of an action; circumspect; careful and slow in deciding: applied to persons.
- Formed or done with careful consideration and full intention; well weighed or considered; not sudden or rash: applied to thoughts or acts: as, a deliberate opinion; a deliberate purpose; a deliberate falsehood.
- Characterized by slowness in decision or action; slow.
- Synonyms and Cautious, cool, wary, careful, thoughtful.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. think about carefully; weigh
- v. discuss the pros and cons of an issue
- adj. carefully thought out in advance
- adj. unhurried and with care and dignity
Latin dēlīberātus, past participle of dēlīberāre, to consider, weigh : dē-, de- + lībrāre, to balance (from lībra, a balance, scales).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deliberatus, past participle of delibero ("I consider, weigh well"), from de + *libero, libro ("I weigh"), from *libera, libra ("a balance"); see librate. (Wiktionary)