V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (v.) to consider or discuss; (adj.) to do something intentionally--on purpose
Synonyms: (v.) consider, ponder, cogitate, debate, (adj.) premeditated, calculated, considered, intentional
Antonyms: (adj.) involuntary, impulsive
Tips: Deliberate comes from the Latin word librare, "to weigh." In its verb form, to deliberate means "to weigh options before coming to a decision." As an adjective, a deliberate person is someone who weighs the consequences before acting, while a deliberate action is one which has been thought about beforehand. Note the difference in pronunciation: used as a verb, deliberate has a long "a" sound, while as an adjective, the "a" is short.
Stan's gossip was a deliberate attempt to sabotage Emily's position with the company. (calculated, premeditated) adjective
The jury deliberated for seven hours before reaching a unanimous verdict of "not guilty." (considered, debated, pondered) verb
We deliberated the contract for several days, but we finally came to an agreement. (debated, considered) verb
Her actions were premeditated and deliberate; she had this planned for a long time. (calculated, intentional) adjective
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