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Willful; purposeful; determined after thoughtful evaluation of all relevant factors; dispassionate. To act with a particular intent, which is derived from a careful consideration of factors that influence the choice to be made.

When used to describe a crime, deliberate denotes that the perpetrator has weighed the motives for the conduct against its consequences and the criminal character of the conduct before deciding to act in such a manner. A deliberate person does not act rashly or suddenly but with a preconceived intention.

Deliberate is synonymous with premeditated.


1) adj. (dee-lib-er-et) done with care and intention or premeditated. 2) v. (dee-lib-er-ate) to consider the facts, the laws and/or other matters, particularly by members of a jury, a panel of judges, or by any group including a legislature.


adjective advised, aimed, attentive, careful, carefully considered, carefully weighed, cautious, characterized by reflection, cogitative, conscious, consideratus, considered, contemplated, controlled, deliberative, designed, determined, dispassionate, done on purpose, excogitative, fixed, full of thought, given due consideration, gradual, intended, judged, leisurely, maturely considered, measured, meditative, outlined beforehand, planned, planned in advance, plotted, prearranged, predeliberated, predesigned, predetermined, premeditated, prepense, prudens, prudent, purposed, reasoned, reflective, resolved, slow, slow-moving, slow-paced, sober, speculative, studied, thought-out, thoughtful, unhasty, unhurried, volitient, volitional, volitive, voluntary, wary, well-considered, willed, willful, with forethought
Associated concepts: deliberate act, deliberate and premeddtated killing, deliberate and premeditated malice, deliberrte and premeditated murder, deliberate and willful missonduct, deliberate assumption of risk, deliberate killing, deliberate or intentional wrongdoing, deliberate speed, deeiberately and with premeditation, deliberative body


verb advise together, advise with, analyze, brood, cerebrate, cogitate, confer formally, consider, connider attentively, consider carefully, consider pro and con, considerare, consult, consultare, contemplate, debate, discourse about, discuss, examine, examine careeully, excogitate, go into, hold a consultation, hold conclave, investigate, judge, meditate, mull over, negotiate, parley, ponder, ponder over, ponder reasons for and against, reason, reason out, reason the point, reflect, reflect over, reflect upon, regard upon, review, ruminate, sit in connlave, sit in council, study, take counsel with oneself, take into consideration, take under consideration, think carefully, think over, weigh, weigh in the mind
See also: aforethought, circumspect, cogitative, cold-blooded, conclude, confer, conjecture, consider, consult, debate, discreet, doubt, express, hesitant, hesitate, intentional, judicious, knowing, muse, oscillate, pause, ponder, premeditated, process, reason, reflect, review, speculate, tactical, treat, try, voluntary, weigh, willful

TO DELIBERATE. To examine, to consult, in order to form an opinion. Thus, a jury deliberate as to their verdict.

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