AskDefine | Define deliberately

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deliberately adv
1 with intention; in an intentional manner; "he used that word intentionally"; "I did this by choice" [syn: intentionally, designedly, on purpose, purposely, advisedly, by choice, by design] [ant: by chance, unintentionally, unintentionally]
2 in a deliberate unhurried manner; "she was working deliberately" [syn: measuredly]

User Contributed Dictionary



deliberate + -ly



  1. Intentionally, or after deliberation; not accidentally.
    He deliberately broke that, didn't he?
  2. Taking one's time, slowly and carefully.
    After being called upon, he strode deliberately up to the blackboard.


  • Dutch: bewust, expres, opzettelijk
  • Hebrew: בכוונה
  • Icelandic: viljandi, vísvitandi, af ásettu ráði, af yfirlögðu ráði
slowly and carefully
  • Icelandic: yfirvegað, rólega
  • Japanese: じっくり

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

advisedly, by design, calculatedly, calculatingly, cautiously, circumspectly, consciously, contemplatedly, crawlingly, creepingly, designedly, dilatorily, easily, falteringly, gently, haltingly, idly, in cold blood, in low gear, in march time, in slow motion, in slow tempo, indolently, intentionally, knowingly, lackadaisically, languidly, languorously, leisurely, limpingly, lingeringly, loiteringly, meditatedly, moderately, on purpose, pointedly, pokily, pokingly, premeditatedly, purposefully, purposely, purposively, relaxedly, reluctantly, resolutely, slow, slowly, sluggishly, tardily, tarryingly, tentatively, under easy sail, unhurriedly, voluntarily, willfully, with agonizing slowness, with deliberation, with full intent, with intent, with malice aforethought, with purpose, wittingly
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