premeditated

adjective
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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Gallagher was charged with premeditated murder in connection with the death of a captive, wounded Islamic State fighter during an Iraq deployment in 2017. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Admiral that oversaw Gallagher prosecution implicated in ‘Fat Leonard’ probe, Navy documents indicate," 5 Aug. 2019 Earlier this month, a jury found Gallagher not guilty of premeditated murder after being charged with killing a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump says he'll rescind military awards for prosecutors of ex-Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher," 31 July 2019 Adams was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Peoria murder suspect was triggered by rap music before, prison records show," 17 July 2019 Adams was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Peoria murder suspect was triggered by rap music before, prison records show," 17 July 2019 Adams was charged with premeditated first-degree murder and appeared in a Maricopa County court the same day as the stabbing. Caroline Radnofsky, NBC News, "Arizona teen stabbed to death at convenience store, allegedly for playing rap music," 9 July 2019 Earlier, Gallagher addressed the jury that acquitted him Tuesday of premeditated murder in the death of the captive and attempted murder and other charges in the shootings of civilians during a 2017 deployment to Iraq. John Antczak, chicagotribune.com, "Navy SEAL acquitted of murder gets 4 months of confinement for posing with corpse," 3 July 2019 Adams was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of first-degree premeditated murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "'Elijah did nothing wrong:' Maricopa County attorney says public should focus on the victim," 11 July 2019 Gallagher is charged with premeditated murder, aggravated assault and willful discharge of a firearm in connection to his platoon’s 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq to assist the Iraqi Army’s battle against the Islamic State. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL troop commander disputes witness stories before defense rests in war crimes trial," 29 June 2019

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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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premeditated

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of premeditated

: done or made according to a plan : planned in advance

premeditated

adjective
pre·​med·​i·​tat·​ed

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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