deliberation meaning

Pronunciation:   "deliberation" in a sentence
  • Noun: deliberation  di`libu'reyshun
    1. (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question
      "the deliberations of the jury" 
    2. Careful consideration
      "a little deliberation would have deterred them"
      - weighing, advisement 
    3. Planning something carefully and intentionally
      "it was the deliberation of his act that was insulting"
      - calculation 
    4. A rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry
      - slowness, deliberateness, unhurriedness 
    5. The trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision
      "he was a man of judicial deliberation"
      - deliberateness

    Derived forms: deliberations

    See also: deliberate

    Type of: consideration, discussion, give-and-take, pace, planning, preparation, provision, rate, thoughtfulness, word

    Encyclopedia: Deliberation

  • [Law]
    The act of the understanding by which the party examines whether a thing proposed ought to be done or not to be done, or whether it ought to be done in one manner or another. The deliberation relates to the end proposed, to the means of accomplishing that end, or to both.

    It is a presumption of law that all acts committed are done with due deliberation; that the party intended to do what he has done. But he may show the contrary. In contracts, for example, he may show he has been taken by surprise; and when a criminal act is charged, he may prove that it was an accident and not deliberate, that in fact there was no intention or will.

    Legislation. The council which is held touching some business in an assembly having the power to act in relation to it. In deliberative assemblies, it is presumed that each member will listen to the opinions and arguments of the others before he arrives at a conclusion.


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  1. the matter is now under deliberation.
  2. the scheme is now under deliberation.
  3. decision and deliberation marked his movements.
  4. everything proved their patience and deliberation.
  5. she still has the same calmness and deliberation of manner.

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