WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
de•lib•er•a•tive  (di libər ə tiv, -ə rā′tiv), 
  1. having the function of deliberating, as a legislative assembly:a deliberative body.
  2. having to do with policy; dealing with the wisdom and expediency of a proposal:a deliberative speech.
  • Latin dēlīberātīvus, equivalent. to dēlīberāt(us) (see deliberate) + -īvus -ive
  • 1545–55
de•liber•a•tive•ly, adv. 
de•liber•a•tive•ness, n. 

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deliberative /dɪˈlɪbərətɪv/ adj
  1. involved in, organized for, or having the function of deliberating: a deliberative assembly
  2. characterized by or resulting from deliberation

deˈliberatively adv deˈliberativeness n

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