pre·​med·​i·​tat·​ed (ˌ)prē-ˈme-də-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce premeditated (audio)
: characterized by fully conscious willful intent and a measure of forethought and planning
premeditated murder
premeditatedly adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Both suspects are charged with two counts of premeditated murder. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2022 Cruz, who shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, pleaded guilty to 17 counts of premeditated and attempted murder in Oct. 2021. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2022 And a big part of that was the committee casting his false, election-night declaration of victory as part of a premeditated plan. Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2022 Dustin Demonte & Officer Alex Hamzy, who were killed when they were lured into a premeditated and senseless act of violence on Wednesday night. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 17 Oct. 2022 The gunman had already pleaded guilty to 17 counts of premeditated first-degree murder, and jurors had to decide on his sentence for each count. Tim Craig, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2022 The premeditated artifice, Hannah Giorgis points out, makes the eventual intimacy even sweeter. Nicole Acheampong, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2022 But federal prosecutors at Rudolph's trial in Denver, where the insurance companies are based, described it as a premeditated crime. Faith Karimi, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 In a court arraignment Saturday, Matar pleaded not guilty to what prosecutors say was a premeditated attack. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of premeditated was in 1583

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“Premeditated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition



: 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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