pre·​med·​i·​tate | \(ˌ)prē-ˈme-də-ˌtāt \
premeditated; premeditating; premeditates

Definition of premeditate 

transitive verb

: to think about and revolve in the mind beforehand

intransitive verb

: to think, consider, or deliberate beforehand

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premeditator \(ˌ)prē-​ˈme-​də-​ˌtā-​tər \ noun

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Adam Purinton entered his guilty plea in Johnson County District Court to premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an aviation systems engineer and programs manager at GPS maker Garmin. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "Kansas man pleads guilty to killing one, injuring two in alleged hate crime," 6 Mar. 2018 Erdogan in Turkey said today that [Jamal] Khashoggi’s death was premeditated murder. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Transcript of President Trump’s Interview With The Wall Street Journal," 24 Oct. 2018 The videos, all shorter than 90 seconds, will almost certainly bolster the prosecution's efforts to convict Cruz of first-degree murder, a capital offense: Under Florida law, such charges must be premeditated. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Judge says 'don't release' Parkland shooter's confession until she reviews it first," 8 June 2018 Ghazali's attorney Blake Ballin told The Commercial Appeal that the charge is unwarranted because the act was reckless, not premeditated. Fox News, "Memphis store clerk charged in death of teen who took beer," 25 May 2018 Asgeirr Ulfr is charged with first degree premeditated murder of Christina Danielle Scarr, 20, after investigators issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday. Bianca Padró Ocasio,, "Man accused of murdering Apopka woman arrested in Orlando, deputies say," 8 Apr. 2018 Fielder has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder. Glenn E. Rice, Steve Vockrodt And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Alleged shooter in slaying of Wyandotte deputies may face death penalty, DA says," 22 June 2018 Nonetheless, prosecutor Frankie Grimsman repeatedly introduced evidence suggesting the murder was premeditated, despite orders by Duncan not to do so. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Man arrested in Wisconsin in 2004 overdose death of 5-year-old son," 15 June 2018 The Sacramento Superior Court jury also found Tinsley and Watson guilty of three counts of premeditated attempted murder, the DA's Office said in a news release. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "A teen was shot in Citrus Heights. Now, a jury has convicted his assailants of murder," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of premeditate

circa 1526, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for premeditate

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

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pre·​med·​i·​tate | \pri-ˈme-də-ˌtāt \
premeditated; premeditating

Kids Definition of premeditate

: to think about and plan beforehand


pre·​med·​i·​tate | \pri-ˈme-də-ˌtāt \
premeditated; premeditating

Legal Definition of premeditate 

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to think or consider beforehand

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