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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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
Additional Notes on premeditation
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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