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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Mills told the jury his client was not guilty of a premeditated killing and asked them to return a verdict of second-degree murder. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Judge excludes ‘downward spiral’ evidence from Everett Miller murder trial," 4 Sep. 2019 Stopping women in the street with a set of premeditated questions and techniques seems like just another way for men to exert their power over women. Sara Macauley,, "Have You Been Daygamed? The New Method Men Are Using To 'Attract Amazing Women'," 22 Aug. 2019 The rapper's lawyer said in closing remarks that nothing about the confrontation was premeditated or coordinated. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault but spared jail in Swedish trial that drew support from Trump, celebs," 14 Aug. 2019 Adams has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and is being held at the Maricopa County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Police say man cut teen’s throat because rap music made him feel unsafe," 9 July 2019 The premeditated action suggested the fish were not particular and what mattered most was getting down to the water with an efficiency of time and space. Anchorage Daily News, "Join the Russian River crowd for the guarantee of salmon, or fish in peace with much lower odds?," 25 June 2019 The Navy said the jury can convict Gallagher of a lesser charge, such as premeditated attempted murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life with parole. Washington Post, "Witness at Navy SEAL trial: I killed victim out of mercy," 20 June 2019 The presence of the look-alike, which had been previously disclosed, was further evidence of premeditated killing, Ms. Callamard’s report said. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "U.N. Probe Calls for More Scrutiny of Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi Murder," 19 June 2019 Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was tried for premeditated murder, attempted murder and other offenses after he was accused of killing a young ISIS fighter who had been captured and was being treated for his wounds. NBC News, "Head of U.S. special operations forces orders review of culture after SEALs, other scandals," 12 Aug. 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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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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