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deliberate
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as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
  • What I now wish you to understand is, that I accept no revision, still less dictation within that range of affairs which I have deliberated upon as distinctly and properly mine.
  • "Yes, I think so," said Bulstrode, governing himself and speaking with deliberation.

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  • Solomon was overseer of the roads at that time, and on his slow-paced cob often took his rounds by Frick to look at the workmen getting the stones there, pausing with a mysterious deliberation, which might have misled you into supposing that he had some other reason for staying than the mere want of impulse to move.
  • Bulstrode had rarely in his life spoken with such nervous energy: he had been deliberating on this speech and its probable effects through a large part of the night; and though he did not trust to its ultimately saving him from any return of Raffles, he had concluded that it was the best throw he could make.

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

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  • Hence he was not ready to frame excuses for this deliberate pursuit of small gains.
  • "I should think it is," said Mr. Featherstone, locking his box and replacing it, then taking off his spectacles deliberately, and at length, as if his inward meditation had more deeply convinced him, repeating, "I should think it handsome."

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  • It was one thing to look back on forgiven sins, nay, to explain questionable conformity to lax customs, and another to enter deliberately on the necessity of falsehood.
  • The inclinations which he had deliberately stated on the 2d of October he would think it enough to refer to by the mention of that date; judging by the standard of his own memory, which was a volume where a vide supra could serve instead of repetitions, and not the ordinary long-used blotting-book which only tells of forgotten writing.
  • It is that you will let me know, deliberately, whether, in case of my death, you will carry out my wishes: whether you will avoid doing what I should deprecate, and apply yourself to do what I should desire.
  • But these things with Fred outside them, Fred forsaken and looking sad for the want of her, could never tempt her deliberate thought.
  • She had never deliberately allowed her resentment to govern her in this way before, but she believed now that she could not see him again without telling him the truth about her feeling, and she must wait till she could do it without interruption.
  • But he had deliberately incurred the hindrance, having made up his mind that it was now time for him to adorn his life with the graces of female companionship, to irradiate the gloom which fatigue was apt to hang over the intervals of studious labor with the play of female fancy, and to secure in this, his culminating age, the solace of female tendance for his declining years.
  • She began now to live through that yesterday morning deliberately again, forcing herself to dwell on every detail and its possible meaning.
  • His mind also was tumultuously busy while he watched her, and he was feeling rather wildly that something must happen to hinder their parting—some miracle, clearly nothing in their own deliberate speech.

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  • "Hardly," returned Bulstrode, in the same deliberate, silvery tone; "except by some changes of plan.

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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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