deliberation

The process of carefully considering what to do is called deliberation, like your deliberation before making one of the most important decisions in your life.

The noun deliberation comes from the Latin word deliberare, meaning “weigh,” or “consider well.” Whenever a person or group needs to work through all of the possible solutions to a problem, this is deliberation. Something that is deliberate is done on purpose, not by chance or accident — deliberation carries this same spirit, in that it is a carefully thought-out process of making a decision.

Definitions of deliberation
  1. noun
    careful consideration
    “a little deliberation would have deterred them”
    synonyms: advisement, weighing
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    think
    an instance of deliberate thinking
    type of:
    consideration
    the process of giving careful thought to something
  2. noun
    planning something carefully and intentionally
    “it was the deliberation of his act that was insulting”
    synonyms: calculation
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    planning, preparation, provision
    the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
  3. noun
    the trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision
    “he was a man of judicial deliberation
    synonyms: deliberateness
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    intentionality
    expressive of intentions
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    thoughtfulness
    the trait of thinking carefully before acting
  4. noun
    (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question
    “the deliberations of the jury”
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    discussion, give-and-take, word
    an exchange of views on some topic
  5. noun
    a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry
    synonyms: deliberateness, slowness, unhurriedness
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    leisureliness
    slowness by virtue of being leisurely
    dilatoriness, procrastination
    slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
    type of:
    clip, pace, rate
    the relative speed of progress or change
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