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1 a : the act of deliberating compare premeditation
b : a discussion and consideration by a group of persons (as a jury or legislature) of the reasons for or against a measure
2 : the quality or state of being deliberate [killing with ]
de·lib·er·a·tive [dē-li-bə-rā-tiv, -brə-tiv]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.