Definition of deliberate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪbərət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪbərət//
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  1. 1  done on purpose rather than by accident synonym intentional, planned a deliberate act of vandalism The speech was a deliberate attempt to embarrass the government. opposite unintentional
  2. 2(of a movement or an action) done slowly and carefully She spoke in a slow and deliberate way.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin deliberatus, ‘considered carefully’, past participle of deliberare, from de- ‘down’ + librare ‘weigh’ (from libra ‘scales’).Extra examples I’m afraid that was a deliberate ploy on my part. The emphasis on Europe was quite deliberate. They have a deliberate policy to involve people of all ages in the project.
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