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

Examples of premeditated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite Atwood’s story of self-defense, detectives said their investigation led them to believe Atwood caused the premeditated murder of Phillip Zilliot and Mancini and then tried to conceal it by discarding the evidence. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 19 June 2024 Remember, Israel was attacked by Hamas on Oct. 7 in a premeditated terror bloodbath. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 16 Apr. 2024 Jennings also faced sentencing enhancements for attempted premeditated murder and shooting a gun. City News Service, Orange County Register, 13 June 2024 Following Steenkamp’s death, Pistorius was taken into police custody, and one day later, he was charged with premeditated murder, per Reuters. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 4 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for premeditated 

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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 22 Jul. 2024.

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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