1. The act of deliberating, or of weighing and examining the reasons for and against a choice or measure; careful consideration; mature reflection.
Choosing the fairest way with a calm deliberation. --W. Montagu.
2. Careful discussion and examination of the reasons for and against a measure; as, the deliberations of a legislative body or council.
n 1: (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question; "the
deliberations of the jury"
2: careful consideration; "a little deliberation would have
deterred them" [syn: weighing, advisement]
3: planning something carefully and intentionally; "it was the
deliberation of his act that was insulting" [syn: calculation]
4: a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry [syn: slowness,
5: the trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision; "he was a
man of judicial deliberation" [syn: deliberateness]