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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Recent Examples on the Web All three have received a first-degree premeditated murder charge and additional gun charges. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Dispute Over Face Mask Ends In One Man’s Death," 5 May 2020 If convicted of the premeditated murder charges, Ahmed faces the death penalty, according to court documents filed by the Iraq government to support of efforts to extradite him. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Court records detail Iraq's case against Phoenix man accused of al-Qaida murders," 3 Feb. 2020 Gallagher, 40, has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder and aggravated assault charges stemming from the alleged killing and alleged instances of firing sniper rounds at civilians in Iraq. Fox News, "Retired Army captain: Eddie Gallagher's trial is a 'disgrace,' 'clearly, he did not murder anyone'," 21 June 2019 Authorities in Florida have filed premeditated murder charges against a 42-year-old man accused of beating his sleeping wife with a hammer while their 8-year-old son slept nearby. Chris Harris,, "Dad Allegedly Beat Wife with Hammer as She Slept — Then Told Young Son to Look Away from Killing," 3 July 2018 Though detectives don’t believe Williams shot at XXXTentacion, his active role during the homicide led to him being arrested on a premeditated murder charge, an arrest warrant said. Linda Trischitta,, "Deadly ambush of XXXTentacion detailed in new court papers," 23 June 2018 His brother Jeremiah Boshell, 38, is also being held on a premeditated first-degree murder charge and a charge of assault with intent to murder, according to the inmate locator. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Brothers behind bars together, facing separate murder charges," 21 Mar. 2018 Does fraud sometimes result from premeditated schemes? Sam Sommers, Fortune, "Are the Houston Astros irredeemable cheaters? Or are they all of us?," 26 Feb. 2020 Back at the dealership, other officers discovered a premeditated, technically sophisticated break-in signifying high-level criminal masterminds. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Boston Kids Steal Two Lamborghinis from Dealership," 18 Feb. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Premeditated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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