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 The grandparents of two Washington boys who were killed by their father in a premeditated explosion in 2012 were awarded $98 million from the state in a wrongful death lawsuit Friday. Kc Baker,, "Wash. Man Killed 2 Sons, Himself in Planned Explosion — and Jury Rules State Failed Kids," 3 Aug. 2020 The Capital Area Fugitive Task Force arrested 20-year-old Carlo General, of Oxon Hill, on a charge of first-degree murder while armed (premeditated), police said in a statement. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "Third arrest announced in killing of 11-year-old Davon McNeal in Southeast Washington," 30 July 2020 Patricia Ripley was taken into custody late Friday night and charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and premeditated murder in the death of her son, Alejandro Ripley. NBC News, "Mother who reported abduction of 9-year-old son with autism now charged in his murder," 23 May 2020 All three have received a first-degree premeditated murder charge and additional gun charges. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Dispute Over Face Mask Ends In One Man’s Death," 5 May 2020 If convicted of the premeditated murder charges, Ahmed faces the death penalty, according to court documents filed by the Iraq government to support of efforts to extradite him. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Court records detail Iraq's case against Phoenix man accused of al-Qaida murders," 3 Feb. 2020 Gallagher, 40, has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder and aggravated assault charges stemming from the alleged killing and alleged instances of firing sniper rounds at civilians in Iraq. Fox News, "Retired Army captain: Eddie Gallagher's trial is a 'disgrace,' 'clearly, he did not murder anyone'," 21 June 2019 Authorities in Florida have filed premeditated murder charges against a 42-year-old man accused of beating his sleeping wife with a hammer while their 8-year-old son slept nearby. Chris Harris,, "Dad Allegedly Beat Wife with Hammer as She Slept — Then Told Young Son to Look Away from Killing," 3 July 2018 Though detectives don’t believe Williams shot at XXXTentacion, his active role during the homicide led to him being arrested on a premeditated murder charge, an arrest warrant said. Linda Trischitta,, "Deadly ambush of XXXTentacion detailed in new court papers," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of premeditated

1583, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2020

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“Premeditated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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