pre·​med·​i·​tat·​ed | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈme-də-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce premeditated (audio) \

Definition of premeditated

: characterized by fully conscious willful intent and a measure of forethought and planning premeditated murder

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premeditatedly adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Based on police and eyewitness reports, Saturday’s shooting was not a premeditated act and probably not related to the ballgame. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 18 July 2021 Before his sanity trial began three weeks ago, Ramos had already pleaded guilty to 23 counts related to his premeditated attack stemming from a long simmering grudge with the newspaper., 15 July 2021 But on Friday morning, as each surviving victim of his premeditated attack took the stand, prosecutors did not even mention Ramos’s name. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Cruz is arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 25 Apr. 2021 The governing board wanted to continue Tuesday's meeting, but Menzel said the premeditated uproar was incited by some non-SUSD community members. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 21 May 2021 The best salespeople look at solutions from their prospects’ points of view, create unique solutions and go to bat for their clients — letting go of premeditated solutions. Yamini Virani, Forbes, 4 May 2021 District Attorney Joe Balfe focused on the premeditated aspects of the murder, including his decision to carry a gun to an argument about a love triangle. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2021 Brandon States eventually pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated murder. CBS News, 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of premeditated

1583, in the meaning defined above

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“Premeditated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of premeditated

: done or made according to a plan : planned in advance



Legal Definition of premeditated

: having been thought about at some point before being committed any premeditated killing also : having been formed prior to commission of the act with premeditated malice — compare deliberate

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