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Synonyms of 'deliberate'

(adjective) 
Definition
carefully thought out in advance
The attack was deliberate and unprovoked.
Synonyms
intentional
I can't blame him. It wasn't intentional.
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planned
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considered
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studied
a studied understatement
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designed
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conscious
Make a conscious effort to relax your muscles.
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calculated
a calculated strategy for winning power
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wilful
Wilful neglect of the environment has caused this problem.
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premeditated
a case of premeditated murder
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done on purpose
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
careful and unhurried
His movements were gentle and deliberate.
Synonyms
careful
One has to be extremely careful when dealing with these people.
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slow
He moved in a slow, unhurried way.
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cautious
Mr King clearly has a cautious approach to change.
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wary
Keep a wary eye on children when they are playing near water.
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prudent
He is taking a prudent and cautious approach.
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circumspect
You should have been more circumspect in your dealings with him.
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methodical
She was methodical in her research.
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unhurried
The islands are peaceful, with an unhurried pace of life.
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Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to consider (something) deeply
The jury deliberated for two hours before returning with the verdict.
Synonyms
consider
Consider how much you can afford to pay.
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think
She closed her eyes for a moment, trying to think.
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ponder
He didn't waste time pondering the question.
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discuss
They met today to discuss how to respond to the ultimatum.
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debate
He debated whether to have a dessert.
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reflect
I reflected on the child's future.
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consult
The umpires consulted quickly.
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weigh
He is weighing the possibility of filing charges against the doctor.
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meditate
I was meditating, and reached a higher state of consciousness.
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mull over
She had been mulling over the idea of making a movie.
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ruminate
I had time to ruminate as I drove along.
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cogitate
He was silent as he cogitated on what she had just said.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of calculated
Definition
carefully planned
a calculated strategy for winning power
Synonyms
planned,
considered,
designed,
aimed,
in the sense of cautious
Definition
showing or having caution
Mr King clearly has a cautious approach to change.
Synonyms
cagey (informal),
on your toes,
belt-and-braces,
keeping a weather eye on,
in the sense of circumspect
Definition
cautious and careful not to take risks
You should have been more circumspect in your dealings with him.

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