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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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 Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder, according to The New York Times. Gabrielle Sorto, Teen Vogue, "The Parkland Shooter Said He Had an "Evil Voice" in His Head," 7 Aug. 2018 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

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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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