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as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
  • This she says with great deliberation and distinctness and with no more outward passion than himself.
  • "So I have understood, George," returns Mr. Bucket with great deliberation.

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  • It dwelt on my being young, and he past the prime of life; on his having attained a ripe age, while I was a child; on his writing to me with a silvered head, and knowing all this so well as to set it in full before me for mature deliberation.
  • Having leisurely helped himself from a canister borrowed from somebody downstairs for the purpose, and having made a considerable show of tasting it, first with one side of his nose and then with the other, Mr. Bucket, with much deliberation, pronounces it of the right sort and goes on, letter in hand.

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  • We deliberated into the evening.
  • We need to deliberate on this further before making a decision.

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  • With two ladies in the coach, this scoundrel has deliberately delayed his arrival six and twenty minutes.
  • I should amend that phrase, however, by saying that he had unquestionably died of his own act, though whether by his own deliberate intention or by mischance can never certainly be known.

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  • Deliberately!
  • She remained perfectly still until the carriage had turned into the drive, and then, without the least discomposure of countenance, slipped off her shoes, left them on the ground, and walked deliberately in the same direction through the wettest of the wet grass.
  • If you ever say less than this, you will be guilty of deliberate falsehood to me.
  • "Some other prospect has opened to him, perhaps?" said I. "Why—yes—perhaps," returned my guardian, beginning his answer in a very deliberate manner.
  • I should wish it to be so deliberately said, and so deliberately considered.
  • I should wish it to be so deliberately said, and so deliberately considered.
  • Shall I shake that faith in Bucket because I want it myself; shall I deliberately blunt one of Bucket’s weapons; shall I positively paralyse Bucket in his next detective operation?
  • Now, whether she became my lodger, Sir Leicester Dedlock, with any deliberate intention then of doing this deed and blinding me, I give no opinion on; but she lived in my house in that capacity at the time that she was hovering about the chambers of the deceased Mr. Tulkinghorn with a view to a wrangle, and likewise persecuting and half frightening the life out of an unfortunate stationer.

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  • Mr. Bucket stops and deliberately repeats, "Ought to have been her husband, not a doubt about it.
  • "I can tell you, George," replies the ironmaster deliberately, "how it is not to be brought about, which I hope may answer the purpose as well.
  • "Why, it matters this much, mistress," says the lawyer, deliberately putting away his handkerchief and adjusting his frill; "the law is so despotic here that it interferes to prevent any of our good English citizens from being troubled, even by a lady’s visits against his desire.

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as in: deliberate insult Define
to do something intentionally
as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
as in: a deliberate thinker Define
done with great care -- often slowly
as in: with all deliberate speed Define
as fast as possible while being thorough and careful
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