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deliberation

n. the act of considering, discussing, and, hopefully, reaching a conclusion, such as a jury's discussions, voting and decision-making.

deliberation

noun advisement, analysis, brooding, calculation, careful consideration, carefulness, caution, cerebration, circumspection, close attention, close study, cogitation, conscious purpose, consideration, consultatio, contemplation, contemplativeness, counsel, debate, deliberatio, determination prepense, discussion, distinct intention, examination, excogitation, forethought, heed, heedfulness, inquiry, inspection, intellection, level-headedness, logical discussion, mature considdration, mature reflection, meditation, pondering, prudence, ratiocination, reflection, rumination, sobriety, study, taking counsel, thinking out, thought, thoughtfulness, unhurriedness, wariness, watchfulness, weighing
See also: conference, conjecture, contemplation, conversation, council, dialectic, discretion, examination, forethought, hindsight, negotiation, parley, prudence, purpose, reflection, speculation, study, thought

DELIBERATION, contracts, crimes. 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.
     2. 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; (q.v.) and when a criminal act is charged, he may prove that it Was an accident, and not with deliberation, that in fact there was no intention or will. See Intention; Will.

DELIBERATION. legislation. The council which is held touching some business, in an assembly having the power to act in relation to it.
     2. 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.

References in classic literature ?
After some deliberation, the young master replied, "Nathan, in your place, I think I should feel very much so, myself.
I will not amuse you with an appearance of deliberation when I have decided.
IT IS not a little remarkable that in every case reported by ancient history, in which government has been established with deliberation and consent, the task of framing it has not been committed to an assembly of men, but has been performed by some individual citizen of preeminent wisdom and approved integrity.
Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise:--
Let us hurry forward," said Raoul to De Guiche, "for if I read Buckingham's character aright, he will create some disturbance, when he learns the result of our deliberations of yesterday.
He withdrew, therefore, and returning to his warriors among the rocks held long deliberations.
Generally, such men in all deliberations find ease to be of the negative side, and affect a credit to object and foretell difficulties; for when propositions are denied, there is an end of them; but if they be allowed, it requireth a new work; which false point of wisdom is the bane of business.
They were both highly amiable, but both appeared to be labouring under a half-hidden feeling of anxiety as to the result of Nastasia's deliberations with regard to Gania, which result was to be made public this evening.
The doctor and his daughter left the town on the day they had originally appointed, before I could make any excuse for calling again; and, as a necessary consequence of their departure, I lost all interest in the affairs of the ball, and yawned in the faces of the committee when I was obliged to be present at their deliberations in my official capacity.
The deliberations of a pedestrian-privy-council would be required to help him under this heavy responsibility.
There comes a Mirabeau or a Danton, a Robespierre or a Napoleon, or proconsuls, or an emperor, and there is an end of deliberations and debates.
Its deliberations upon international action for the suppression of political crime don't seem to get anywhere.