pre·med·i·tat·ed | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈme-də-ˌtā-təd \

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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In other cases, the gatekeeping seems more premeditated. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet," 12 Mar. 2018 Beyoncé caused a more premeditated political stir with dancers outfitted in Black Panther Party berets in 2016. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Justin Timberlake, Back at the Super Bowl. What About Janet?," 1 Feb. 2018 The shepherd has been charged with premeditated murder and is facing a possible life sentence. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Family Allegedly Murdered While Living Abroad Wanted to Build a Playground for Local Kids," 11 July 2018 He was charged with premeditated murder and faces life in prison. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Father, toddler son shot dead in Georgia; mother falls into ravine while fleeing attacker, officials say," 9 July 2018 He's charged with five felonies, including first-degree premeditated murder, weapons violations and assault with intent to murder. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Mount Clemens block-party murder suspect arrested at outside Chicago," 7 July 2018 That split second where the game that looks to be ebbing towards a natural, premeditated end gets flipped on it's head, with the remainder of the match plunged into ambiguity is unprecedented in terms of entertainment., "6 Teams That Had Victory Snatched From Them at the Death," 18 June 2018 So the under-17s, who won a shoot-out in their World Cup, have worked on slowing down and practising a range of premeditated shots. The Economist, "What makes a country good at football?," 9 June 2018 Jurors deliberated for less than three hours on Tuesday and found Sesmas guilty of first-degree premeditated and intentional murder, kidnapping and interference with parental custody. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Illegal immigrant found guilty of killing Kansas mom, kidnapping her 6-day old baby," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of premeditated

1583, in the meaning defined above

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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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