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Pronunciation:  di`libu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision; "he was a man of judicial deliberation"
  2. [n]  a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry
  3. [n]  careful consideration; "a little deliberation would have deterred them"
  4. [n]  planning something carefully and intentionally; "it was the deliberation of his act that was insulting"
  5. [n]  (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question; "the deliberations of the jury"

DELIBERATION is a 12 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: advisement, calculation, deliberateness, slowness, unhurriedness, weighing
 See Also: consideration, dilatoriness, discussion, give-and-take, intentionality, leisureliness, pace, planning, preparation, procrastination, provision, rate, think, thoughtfulness, word



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*lib`er*a"tion\, n. [L. deliberatio: cf. F.
1. The act of deliberating, or of weighing and examining the
   reasons for and against a choice or measure; careful
   consideration; mature reflection.

         Choosing the fairest way with a calm deliberation.
                                               --W. Montagu.

2. Careful discussion and examination of the reasons for and
   against a measure; as, the deliberations of a legislative
   body or council.

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