premeditate

verb pre·med·i·tate \ (ˌ)prē-ˈme-də-ˌtāt \
Updated on: 11 Apr 2018

Definition of premeditate

: to think about and revolve in the mind beforehand
: to think, consider, or deliberate beforehand

premeditator

play \(ˌ)prē-ˈme-də-ˌtā-tər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of premeditate

Latin praemeditatus, past participle of praemeditari, from prae- + meditari to meditate


PREMEDITATE Defined for Kids

premeditate

verb pre·med·i·tate \ pri-ˈme-də-ˌtāt \

Definition of premeditate for Students

premeditated; premeditating
: to think about and plan beforehand

Law Dictionary

premeditate

verb pre·med·i·tate \ pri-ˈme-də-ˌtāt \

legal Definition of premeditate

premeditated; premeditating
: to think about or consider beforehand
  • must premeditate the killing and deliberate about it
  • —W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
: to think or consider beforehand


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