premeditation

noun
pre·​med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ (ˌ)prē-ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce premeditation (audio) \

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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Bennett is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, without premeditation, in connection with the deaths of Barry and Carol Bennett, both 63. Pioneer Press, The Mercury News, "Former Minnesota Viking’s alleged killer arrested in Cancun," 26 Aug. 2019 Because the killing of a child under 14 now requires premeditation, that element would have to have been established in the original trial. oregonlive.com, "Could new limits on aggravated murder hollow out Oregon’s death row?," 24 Aug. 2019 Related Articles Both men are charged with aiding and abetting intentional second-degree murder without premeditation. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Charges: West St. Paul man killed while 2-year-old son slept beside him," 1 Aug. 2019 The prosecutor acknowledged that there was a degree of premeditation by the operatives, saying that killing Mr. Khashoggi was a possibility the group on the ground prepared for in the event negotiations failed. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Turkey Claims More Audio Evidence Contradicts Saudis on Khashoggi Death," 16 Nov. 2018 Williams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation. Fox News, "Suspect arrested in shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion," 22 June 2018 Williams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation. Fox News, "Suspect arrested in shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion," 22 June 2018 Williams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation. Fox News, "Suspect arrested in shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion," 22 June 2018 Dedrick Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach, was booked into Broward’s jail shortly after 11:30 p.m Wednesday on charges of murder without premeditation, violation of probation and driving without a valid license, records show. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Suspect arrested in shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion," 21 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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premeditation

noun
pre·​med·​i·​ta·​tion | \ pri-ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce premeditation (audio) \

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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