deliberate

deliberate
I
v
To weigh, ponder, discuss, regard upon, consider. To examine and consult in order to form an opinion. To weigh in the mind; to consider the reasons for and against; to consider maturely; reflect upon, as to deliberate a question; to weigh the arguments for and against a proposed course of action. People v. Thomas, 25 Cal.2d 880, 156 P.2d 7, 17, 18.
See also deliberation
II
adj
Well advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash; circumspect; slow in determining. Willful rather than merely intentional. Formed, arrived at, or determined upon as a result of careful thought and weighing of considerations, as a deliberate judgment or plan. Carried on coolly and steadily, especially according to a preconceived design; given to weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; careful in considering the consequences of a step; slow in action; unhurried; characterized by reflection; dispassionate; not rash. People v. Thomas, 25 Cal.2d 880, 156 P.2d 7, 17, 18.
By the use of this word, in describing a crime, the idea is conveyed that the perpetrator weighs the motives for the act and its consequences, the nature of the crime, or other things connected with his intentions, with a view to a decision thereon; that he carefully considers all these, and that the act is not suddenly committed. It implies that the perpetrator must be capable of the exercise of such mental powers as are called into use by deliberation and the consideration and weighing of motives and consequences.
See also deliberation

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • deliberate — de·lib·er·ate 1 /di li bə ˌrāt/ vb at·ed, at·ing vi: to think about and weigh or discuss issues and decisions carefully the jury retired to deliberate vt: to think about or evaluate de·lib·er·ate 2 /di li bə rət/ adj …   Law dictionary

  • deliberate — adj 1 willful, intentional, *voluntary, willing Analogous words: purposed, intended (see INTEND): conscious, cognizant, *aware: mortal, *deadly Antonyms: impulsive Contrasted words: inadvertent, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Deliberate — De*lib er*ate (d[ e]*l[i^]b [ e]r*[asl]t), a. [L. deliberatus, p. p. of deliberare to deliberate; de + librare to weigh. See {Librate}.] 1. Weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deliberate — De*lib er*ate (d[ e]*l[i^]b [ e]r*[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deliberated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deliberating}.] To weigh in the mind; to consider the reasons for and against; to consider maturely; to reflect upon; to ponder; as, to deliberate a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deliberate — [adj] intentional advised, aforethought, calculated, careful, cautious, coldblooded, conscious, considered, cut and dried*, designed, designful, done on purpose, express, fixed, intended, judged, meticulous, planned, pondered, prearranged,… …   New thesaurus

  • deliberate — [di lib′ər it; ] for v. [, di lib′ərāt΄] adj. [ME < L deliberatus, pp. of deliberare, to consider, weigh well < de , intens. + librare, to weigh < libra, a scales] 1. carefully thought out and formed, or done on purpose; premeditated 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Deliberate — De*lib er*ate, v. i. To take counsel with one s self; to weigh the arguments for and against a proposed course of action; to reflect; to consider; to hesitate in deciding; sometimes with on, upon, about, concerning. [1913 Webster] The woman that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deliberate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) done consciously and intentionally. 2) careful and unhurried. ► VERB ▪ engage in long and careful consideration. DERIVATIVES deliberately adverb deliberateness noun. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • deliberate — I UK [dɪˈlɪb(ə)rət] / US adjective ** 1) intended, not done by chance or by accident I m sure the omission of my name was deliberate. deliberate attempt/effort: Her visit was a deliberate attempt to draw attention to the area. deliberate… …   English dictionary

  • deliberate — deliberately, adv. deliberateness, n. deliberator, n. adj. /di lib euhr it/; v. /di lib euh rayt /, adj., v., deliberated, deliberating. adj. 1. carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie. 2. characterized by… …   Universalium

  • deliberate — 01. Max lied to his boss about what happened in a [deliberate] attempt to have Sheila fired. 02. In the early part of Canada s history, European settlers [deliberately] gave blankets infected with disease to the native people in order to reduce… …   Grammatical examples in English

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