prepense


pre·pense

adjective \pri-ˈpen(t)s\

Definition of PREPENSE

:  planned beforehand :  premeditated —usually used postpositively <malice prepense>
pre·pense·ly adverb

Origin of PREPENSE

by shortening & alteration from earlier purpensed, from Middle English, past participle of purpensen to deliberate, premeditate, from Anglo-French purpenser, from pur- thoroughly + penser to think — more at purchase, pensive
First Known Use: 1702

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