From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdeliberatede‧lib‧e‧rate1 /dɪˈlɪbərət/ ●●○ adjective 1 DELIBERATELYintended or planned OPP unintentional SYN intentional a deliberate attempt to humiliate her The attack on him was quite deliberate.2 SLOWdeliberate speech, thought, or movement is slow and careful He approached her with slow, deliberate steps.deliberateness noun [uncountable]
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deliberateHe definitely meant to be rude -- it was quite deliberate.FBI agents believe Thursday's power failure was a deliberate act of sabotage.The senior departmental heads were familiar with their systems and experienced in detecting and preventing errors, both deliberate and accidental.I believe this was a deliberate attempt to mislead the court.It was a deliberate attempt to prevent the truth from being known.I had never done him any harm, yet I seemed to be the object of a deliberate campaign.This is so unexpected when it is encountered for the first time that it feels like a deliberate deception.There is a deliberate flatness in his expression.Cirasola's style was very different from Perry's slow, deliberate manner of speaking.Henry Fitzhugh aims for a deliberate mix of obscure or up-and-coming artists with the glitterati of the art world.The legislation also provides a deterrent against deliberate neglect of historic buildings.There have also been cases of deliberate neglect of property in order to force tenants out of the building.It is not a deliberate, self-conscious activity, but a natural process that takes place unconsciously.deliberate attemptI knew it was a deliberate attempt from the word go to bring the band down.But the difference really shows in the deliberate attempt to abandon traditional forms of school discipline.What effect would a deliberate attempt to change this image have?There were deliberate attempts to develop elements of both high and popular culture in music, poetry, dance, and games.Planned towns were deliberate attempts to exploit the economic possibilities of a site; and like any other investment could go wrong.Apprised of this, the Friendship crew discounted it as a deliberate attempt to mislead them.David Tindle observed him suddenly turn on his young men in a deliberate attempt to wind them up.A deliberate attempt was made in 1966 to make assistance known and acceptable, when it became known as supplementary benefits.
deliberatede‧lib‧e‧rate2 /dɪˈlɪbəreɪt/ verb [intransitive] THINK ABOUTto think about something very carefully The jury deliberated for four days before acquitting him.deliberate on/about/over There was silence while she deliberated on his words.→ See Verb table
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deliberateThe new panel deliberated for about five hours before breaking for the weekend.The jury deliberated for five days before finding the accused guilty on all counts.The judges deliberated for half an hour and returned with a unanimous decision for Groton.The jurors deliberated for two hours and 20 minutes and are due back Monday.The trial began June 8 and the jury of 10 women and two men began deliberating on Tuesday.The jury began deliberating upon its verdict on April 23.deliberate on/about/overWhen the evidence is completed a report is drafted and the sub-committee deliberates on it until agreement is reached.There was nothing conscious or deliberate about my decision, if indeed it can be called a decision at all.Then they are supposed to return to closed session to deliberate over punishment.Judge Mallet wisely decided to postpone his ruling until September 13 in order to give himself time to deliberate on the matter.They spoke quietly, deliberated over the menu and drank their wine in sips, like dipping birds.A court should take any map or plan, etc. into account when deliberating on the question of what is a highway.On short putts crouch a little more and be quite deliberate about the stroke itself.The trial began June 8 and the jury of 10 women and two men began deliberating on Tuesday.
Origin deliberate1 (1400-1500) Latin deliberatus, past participle of deliberare to weigh in the mind, from libra balance