premeditation

noun pre·med·i·ta·tion \ (ˌ)prē-ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən \
|Updated on: 2 Aug 2018

Definition of premeditation

: an act or instance of premeditating; specifically : consideration or planning of an act beforehand that shows intent to commit that act

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First Known Use of premeditation

15th century

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premeditation

noun pre·med·i·ta·tion \ pri-ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən \

legal Definition of premeditation

: an act or instance of premeditating; specifically : consideration or planning of an act beforehand
  • designed so that it requires premeditation to tamper with it
  • murder in the first degree is the killing of a human being committed…intentionally and with premeditation
  • Kansas Statutes Annotated
— see also cold blood, murder — compare intent
Note: The terms premeditation malice aforethought deliberate, and willful are often used in statutes either along with or instead of intent to describe the necessary mental state for a crime. In some jurisdictions the premeditation has to occur only moments before the act, while in others it must precede the act by an appreciable amount of time.


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