de·lib·er·ate • adj. / diˈlibərit/ done consciously and intentionally: a deliberate error. ∎ fully considered; not impulsive: a deliberate decision. ∎ done or acting in a careful and unhurried way: a deliberate worker. • v. / -ˌrāt/ [intr.] engage in long and careful consideration: she deliberated over the menu. ∎ [tr.] consider (a question) carefully: jurors deliberated the fate of those charged. DERIVATIVES: de·lib·er·ate·ly / -ritlē/ adv. de·lib·er·ate·ness / -ritnis/ n. de·lib·er·a·tor / -ˌrātər/ n.
Willful; purposeful; determined after thoughtful evaluation of all relevant factors; dispassionate. To act with a particular intent, which is derived from a careful consideration of factors that influence the choice to be made.
When used to describe a crime, deliberate denotes that the perpetrator has weighed the motives for the conduct against its consequences and the criminal character of the conduct before deciding to act in such a manner. A deliberate person does not act rashly or suddenly but with a preconceived intention.
Deliberate is synonymous with premeditated.