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deliberate vb

: to think about and weigh or discuss issues and decisions carefully [the jury retired to ]
: to think about or evaluate
[di-li-bə-rət] adj 1 : characterized by or resulting from careful consideration
: characterized by or resulting from evaluation done in a cool state of blood and with a fixed purpose [ murder] compare premeditated
2 : characterized by an understanding of the nature of a thing or act and its consequences [ falsehoods]
de·lib·er·ate·ly adv

de·lib·er·ate·ness n

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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