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deliberate
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The Brothers Karamazov
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as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
  • He would hold a piece on his fork to the light, scrutinize it microscopically, and only after long deliberation decide to put it in his mouth.
  • Then he deliberated again, got up and dressed hurriedly.

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  • You’ll sit all night deliberating whether to go or not.
  • Smerdyakov’s eyes gleamed resentfully, his left eye winked, and he at once gave his answer, with his habitual composure and deliberation.
  • Yet the idea had several times presented itself to him, and he had deliberated on it—for that we have facts, witnesses, and his own words.
  • The jury deliberated for exactly an hour, neither more nor less.
  • After some deliberation, the judges decided to proceed with the trial and to enter both the unexpected pieces of evidence (given by Ivan and Katerina Ivanovna) on the protocol.

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

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unspecified meaning
  • He spoke evenly and deliberately.
  • Smerdyakov turned a deliberate, unmoved glance upon him.

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  • The elder distinctly and deliberately bowed down at Dmitri’s feet till his forehead touched the floor.
  • She raised it deliberately to her lips.
  • You have tortured me too deliberately for me to be able to forgive you at this moment.
  • "His honor is still asleep," he articulated deliberately ("You were the first to speak, not I," he seemed to say).
  • "What is it you want of me, sir?" said the old man, deliberately, distinctly, severely, but courteously, when he was at last seated.
  • He spoke little, and with reserve, waited to be questioned, answered precisely and deliberately.
  • "The door stood open, and your father’s murderer undoubtedly went in at that door, and, having accomplished the crime, went out again by the same door," the prosecutor pronounced deliberately, as though chiseling out each word separately.
  • "Good morning, if you are not laughing at me," he said deliberately in reply.

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  • "I had to go to the cellar anyway, several times a day, indeed," Smerdyakov drawled deliberately.
  • "Your hands keep twitching," observed Smerdyakov, and he deliberately unfolded the bundle himself.
  • He knew the old man’s habit of talking slowly and deliberately, regardless of the impression he was making and of the delay he was causing, and highly prizing his flat, dull and always gleefully complacent German wit.

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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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