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
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n careful consideration

“a little deliberation would have deterred them”
Synonyms:
advisement, weighing
Types:
think
an instance of deliberate thinking
Type of:
consideration
the process of giving careful thought to something

n planning something carefully and intentionally

“it was the deliberation of his act that was insulting”
Synonyms:
calculation
Type of:
planning, preparation, provision
the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

n the trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision

“he was a man of judicial deliberation
Synonyms:
deliberateness
Types:
intentionality
expressive of intentions
Type of:
thoughtfulness
the trait of thinking carefully before acting

n (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question

“the deliberations of the jury”
Type of:
discussion, give-and-take, word
an exchange of views on some topic

n a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry

Synonyms:
deliberateness, slowness, unhurriedness
Types:
leisureliness
slowness by virtue of being leisurely
dilatoriness, procrastination
slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
Type of:
pace, rate
the relative speed of progress or change

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