V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, adjective

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.

Usage Examples:

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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