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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No one should presume that Kavanaugh had any knowledge of the premeditated strategy being executed on his behalf. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Ed Whelan’s tweets have created a second Kavanaugh scandal," 21 Sep. 2018 While authorities have said the mass shooting was an isolated, premeditated attack on The Capital, tronc is enhancing security across its properties, which include The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers across the country. Colin Campbell,, "Capital Gazette owner sets up fundraiser for shooting victims, families; donations to be matched," 29 June 2018 The 19-year-old shooter, who legally purchased a semiautomatic AR-15 assault rifle and killed students and staff in a premeditated attack, has not received any of the letters and is reportedly on suicide watch at Broward County jail. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "People Are Sending the Parkland Shooter Mail He'll Never See," 29 Mar. 2018 Turkish officials have said that a Saudi team of 15 men tortured, killed and dismembered the writer and in a premeditated act. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US defense chief: killing of writer is threat to stability," 26 Oct. 2018 On Thursday, Golsteyn received written notification from the Army that he was being charged with premeditated murder. Taimoor Shah, The Seattle Times, "Trump to ‘review’ case of Green Beret accused of murdering Afghan," 16 Dec. 2018 The state will seek the death penalty against Wiggins and a woman arrested the previous day on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, District Attorney General Ray Crouch Jr. announced. Washington Post, "Manhunt: Suspect captured in slaying of Tennessee deputy," 2 June 2018 This was a brutal, premeditated murder of two people, something that was planned ahead. Holly Ramer, The Seattle Times, "Man resentenced to 40 years in parents’ 1996 murder," 30 Oct. 2018 Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, whose jail records show was unapologetic and behaved oddly in the days following the massacre, was formally charged Wednesday with 17 counts each of premeditated murder and attempted murder. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Nikolas Cruz indicted on 17 counts of murder, jail records reveal odd behavior in days after Florida massacre," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of premeditated

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of premeditated was in 1583

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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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