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Definition of "deliberate" []

  • Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional: mistook the oversight for a deliberate insult. (adjective)
  • Arising from or marked by careful consideration: a deliberate decision. See Synonyms at voluntary. (adjective)
  • Unhurried in action, movement, or manner, as if trying to avoid error: moved at a deliberate pace. See Synonyms at slow. (adjective)
  • To think carefully and often slowly, as about a choice to be made. (verb-intransitive)
  • To consult with another or others in a process of reaching a decision. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deliberate" in a sentence
  • "After what she calls a deliberate campaign to keep her from meeting performance targets – including by giving her an out-of-the-way desk where customers couldn't find her – she was fired in August, according to her complaints."
  • "LEHRER: Well, in my book I profiled some pilots and talk about how pilots learn to practice what they call deliberate calm, and the other thing that gets back to why they practice in flight simulators."
  • "In my not-so-humble opinion, there are a number of distinct examples of that sort of thing, but one of the most annoying is what I call the deliberate misunderstanding of your point."