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deliberate

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1  —as in:
deliberate insult
Definition to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
  • She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She deliberately added false information to the Wikipedia page.
  • deliberately = intentionally
  • Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • deliberately = intentionally (perhaps with great forethought)
  • He got to his feet and walked over to me, deliberately stopping four or five feet away, like the pin had some kind of voodoo curse on it.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • deliberately = intentionally
  • When I passed the ashheaps on the train that morning I had crossed deliberately to the other side of the car.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • deliberately = intentionally
  • Tempted by a dream of happiness, he had yielded himself with deliberate choice, as he had never done before, to what he knew was deadly sin.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • deliberate = intentional (done on purpose)
  • They think their greatest concern is defending Islam and are being led astray by those like the Taliban who deliberately misinterpret the Quran.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • deliberately = intentionally
  • ...a lawyer once deliberately pushed a pile of books to the floor in a desperate effort to wake him up.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • deliberately = intentionally
  • Deliberately he punished his body, strained his endurance, tested his capacity for strenuousness.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • deliberately = intentionally
  • "What a wonderfully intimate relationship," he said, deliberately outrageous.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
deliberately = intentionally

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2  —as in:
need to deliberate
Definition to think about or discuss — especially with great care
  • We deliberated into the evening.
deliberated = thought and discussed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We need to deliberate on this further before making a decision.
  • deliberate = think about or discuss with care
  • As they deliberated they could hear the Mother of Spirits wailing for her son.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • deliberated = thought or discussed
  • I am truly thankful that she is to be left out of our future work, and even of our deliberations.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • deliberations = discussions
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • I was afraid I'd deliberate, ruminate, agonize, rationalize, and talk myself into not going.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • deliberate = think about with great care
  • After long deliberation, I finally came up with an idea, something funny.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • deliberation = careful consideration
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Without a second's deliberation she acted. Kicking off her buckled shoes and dropping the woolen cloak, she plunged headlong over the side of the boat.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • deliberation = consideration of the situation
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • At that epoch of pristine simplicity, however, matters of even slighter public interest, and of far less intrinsic weight than the welfare of Hester and her child, were strangely mixed up with the deliberations of legislators and acts of state.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • deliberations = discussions and thoughts
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • After much deliberation, my mother asked Mr. Landell to come and dig them all up
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • deliberation = careful consideration
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I deliberated for a moment, and decided she meant it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
deliberated = thought

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3  —as in:
a deliberate thinker
Definition done with great care — often slowly
  • She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
deliberate = careful and slow
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She wasn't accustomed to cold weather, but she managed to cross the icy street with deliberate care.
  • deliberate = slow and careful
  • 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
  • deliberately = slowly with care
  • He picked his footing deliberately along the slippery bottom, working his way upstream.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • deliberately = with great care
  • Then he deliberately set himself down to prepare for the task. He find in patience just how is his strength, and what are his powers.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • deliberately = with great care — often slowly
  • In the hall outside her room, the grandfather's clock ticked deliberately, unimpressed with anyone's impatience
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • deliberately = slowly with great care
  • Then he began to speak, quietly and deliberately, picking his words with great care: "It is Okonkwo that I primarily wish to speak to," he began.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • deliberately = with great care
  • Lost in her own thoughts, Kit barely noticed that William's dignified pace was even more deliberate than usual.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • deliberate = slow
  • He rose deliberately from his chair and came towards them across the soundless carpet.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • deliberately = slowly with care
  • 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
deliberately = slowly (with great care)

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4  —as in:
with all deliberate speed
Definition as fast as possible while being thorough and careful
  • Proceed with all deliberate speed.
deliberate = as fast as possible while being thorough and careful
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The court said the changes should be made with all deliberate speed.
  • deliberate = as fast as possible while being thorough and careful
  • A question like the present should be disposed of without undue delay. But a State cannot be expected to move with the celerity of a private business man; it is enough if it proceeds, in the language of the English Chancery, with all deliberate speed.
    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes  --  Virginia v. West Virginia, 222 U.S. 19–20 (1911)
  • While giving weight to these public and private considerations, the courts will require that the defendants make a prompt and reasonable start toward full compliance with our May 17, 1954, ruling. Once such a start has been made, the courts may find that additional time is necessary to carry out the ruling in an effective manner. ...take such proceedings and enter such orders and decrees consistent with this opinion as are necessary and proper to admit to public schools on a racially nondiscriminatory basis with all deliberate speed the parties to these cases.
    Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren  --  Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al., 349 U.S. 301 (1954)

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