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The word “deliberate” may be used either as an adjective or a verb. If used as an adjective, it refers to intentional or predetermined action or omission. For example, a natural person who deliberately commits a crime. If used as a verb, it refers to the action of analyzing or carefully considering the evidence, facts, the law, or other matters. For example, a jury that deliberates on a verdict in a criminal case.

[Last updated in July of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]