Definition of deliberation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˌlɪbəˈreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˌlɪbəˈreɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually plural] the process of carefully considering or discussing something After ten hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of ‘not guilty’. The deliberations of the committee are completely confidential.
  2. 2[uncountable] the quality of being slow and careful in what you say or do She signed her name with great deliberation.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin deliberatio(n-), from deliberare ‘consider carefully’, from de- ‘down’ + librare ‘weigh’ (from libra ‘scales’).Extra examples The jurors will now begin their deliberations. With slow deliberation, he tore the letter into pieces. your deliberations on his future After much deliberation, we have decided to award the title to Springfield College. The jury’s deliberations lasted over five days.
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