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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.

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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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If, however, the falseness of the false syllogism cannot be due to an incorrect specification of constituent means, given the assumption that the deliberator hits upon what he ought to do, how are we to understand it?
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The exercise of these powers is crucial because without them rational deliberators can neither become engaged in social cooperation nor be free and equal members of society.
I argue that conventional harms and offence, as identified intersubjectively by communally situated deliberators, is sufficient to scrutinize criminalization decisions and to identify a principled case for criminalization.
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[I.sup.*] (Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives): For all alternatives x and y, if the rankings of x and y by all criteria remain the same, then the ranking of x and y all things considered remains the same; that is, a deliberator's ranking of a pair of alternatives all things considered depends only on the ranking of those alternatives by all the relevant criteria, not on the rankings of other alternatives.
Whitworth believes one requisite for audit committee service is a willingness to be "a vigorous deliberator." By that he means burrowing deep into financial issues and "playing the role of the devil's advocate?' He adds, "If you have convictions about a certain issue, stick with it, and make sure it's run into the ground."