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deliberate
as in:  a deliberate thinker


She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
  done with great care — often slowly
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deliberately deliberate deliberateness
Notes:
Standard suffix pronunciation:  When a word ends in "ate" and can be used as a verb or a noun/adjective, the last syllable of the word is often pronounced differently depending upon how it is used. The verb is typically pronounced with a long "a" as in the word "ate", but the noun or adjective is typically pronounced with a soft "a" which sounds more like "ut" as in the word "hut".

Deliberate has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
  • She wasn’t accustomed to cold weather, but she managed to cross the icy street with deliberate care.
  • Slowly and deliberately Calpurnia told her the simple story.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Each of the creature’s words is deliberate, as if it wants to make sure I don’t miss a single one.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • He closed it, folded it deliberately, dropped it in his lap, and pushed his hat to the back of his head.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Marie-Laure takes each step as deliberately as she can.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Ahead of us, to my surprise, a doctor was using a stethoscope with all the deliberateness of a real examination.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Kino, in his pride and youth and strength, could remain down over two minutes without strain, so that he worked deliberately, selecting the largest shells.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • He rose deliberately from his chair and came towards them across the soundless carpet.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He picked his footing deliberately along the slippery bottom, working his way upstream.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • He used a deliberate, thoughtful slowness.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Just then Sherburn steps out on to the roof of his little front porch, with a double-barrel gun in his hand, and takes his stand, perfectly calm and deliberate, not saying a word.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Lunelle pressed her fingers to Mary’s heart, then kissed each one of them in a slow, deliberate way, a way that brought tears to my eyes.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • When still no one moved, the officer very slowly and deliberately removed the pistol from his holster and pointed it at the feet of a man standing near the edge of the crowd.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Braced and heartened by that easy encounter, she picked up speed and began to look deliberately at the neighborhood surrounding her.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Tom deliberately lays his imaginary fork down and pushes his chair back from the table.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • When assured that all was still, and unable to detect, even by the aid of his practiced senses, any sign of his approaching foes, he would deliberately resume his slow and guarded progress.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • "Well," Matthewson said, slowly and deliberately, so that all could hear, "I’ve got a thousand dollars that says he can’t..."
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • In the hall outside her room, the grandfather’s clock ticked deliberately, unimpressed with anyone’s impatience
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • Tom dismounted carefully, each motion deliberate.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • ...he swam in that direction, swimming with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • He walked like a little old man, slowly and deliberately.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • At first, as he spoke, there was a slight rushing movement of this group in the direction of the intruder, who at the moment was also near at hand, and now, with deliberate and stately step, made closer approach to the speaker.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • He performs each movement deliberately.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • It was like a loose tooth you keep wiggling with your tongue, slow and deliberate, teasing the pain.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • The actors throw themselves around, passionate, but their words are plain and deliberate.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • With deliberate slowness, his hands slid down the sides of my neck.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • She did them ... so deliberately that even her movements seemed thoughtful.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • Lee looked over the prints in her precise, deliberate way.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • He spoke in a slow deliberate voice.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • Always so deliberate, hardly surprised by the most outlandish advents.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • "Why is it," said Henry deliberately, "that you never drink more than half your second cup of coffee after supper?"
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Deliberately, almost lazily, the bombers shed altitude.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Deliberately, he opened his crusted lips and poked the grass inside.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • His mouth held little moisture, but deliberately he dredged up spit from deep in his throat, all the while meeting the bear’s intense gaze with one of his own.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Deliberately he raised his hand and tossed the hair into the water.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He breathed deliberately as if unaware of the cold.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He worked hard and deliberately without speaking.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He heated sauce, stirring with deliberate strokes.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • And still we were not allowed to sit: there was a last wait while the matron with maddening deliberateness checked off our documents against a list.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • He found himself moving about at a deliberate pace, without rushing.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He breathed deliberately, imagining himself as calm as the pond.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He moved deliberately, trying not to look ahead at how far he had left to go.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He spoke deliberately.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • His was deliberate creative genius, and, before he began a story or poem, the thing itself was already alive in his brain, with the end in sight and the means of realizing that end in his conscious possession.
    Jack London  --  Martin Eden
  • ...he entered the room of the Minister of War with peculiarly deliberate steps.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He was the most deliberate person in the world, yet always reached his destination at the exact moment.
    Jules Verne  --  Around The World In Eighty Days
  • His slow, deliberate ways were even slower, even more deliberate.
    Jack London  --  The Valley of the Moon
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