What does the word deliberation mean?

Usage examples for deliberation

  1. Mrs. Busby wore an air of deliberation. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  2. Those were cold, dark hours of deliberation as he let the wind drive him across the desolate land. – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  3. Phil asked, trying to gain a little time for deliberation. – The Errand Boy by Horatio Alger