(De*lib"er*ate*ly) adv. With careful consideration, or deliberation; circumspectly; warily; not
hastily or rashly; slowly; as, a purpose deliberately formed.
(De*lib"er*ate*ness), n. The quality of being deliberate; calm consideration; circumspection.
(De*lib`er*a"tion) n. [L. deliberatio: cf. F. délibération.]
1. The act of deliberating, or of weighing and examining the reasons for and against a choice or measure; careful
consideration; mature reflection.
Choosing the fairest way with a calm deliberation.W. Montagu.
2. Careful discussion and examination of the reasons for and against a measure; as, the deliberations
of a legislative body or council.
(De*lib"er*a*tive) a. [L. deliberativus: cf. F. délibératif.] Pertaining to deliberation; proceeding
or acting by deliberation, or by discussion and examination; deliberating; as, a deliberative body.
A consummate work of deliberative wisdom.Bancroft.
The court of jurisdiction is to be distinguished from the deliberative body, the advisers of the crown.Hallam.
1. A discourse in which a question is discussed, or weighed and examined. Bacon.
2. A kind of rhetoric employed in proving a thing and convincing others of its truth, in order to persuade
them to adopt it.
(De*lib"er*a*tive*ly), adv. In a deliberative manner; circumspectly; considerately.
(De*lib"er*a`tor) n. One who deliberates.
(Del"i*brate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delibrated; p. pr. & vb. n. Delibrating.] [L. delibratus, p. p.
of delibrare to delibrate; de from + liber bark.] To strip off the bark; to peel. [Obs.] Ash.
(Del`i*bra"tion) n. The act of stripping off the bark. [Obs.] Ash.
(Del"i*ca*cy) n.; pl. Delicacies [From Delicate, a.]
1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of
flavor, of odor, and the like.
What choice to choose for delicacy best.Milton.
2. Nicety or fineness of form, texture, or constitution; softness; elegance; smoothness; tenderness; and
hence, frailty or weakness; as, the delicacy of a fiber or a thread; delicacy of a hand or of the human
form; delicacy of the skin; delicacy of frame.
3. Nice propriety of manners or conduct; susceptibility or tenderness of feeling; refinement; fastidiousness; and
hence, in an exaggerated sense, effeminacy; as, great delicacy of behavior; delicacy in doing a kindness;
delicacy of character that unfits for earnest action.
You know your mother's delicacy in this point.Cowper.