prepense

adjective
pre·​pense | \ pri-ˈpen(t)s How to pronounce prepense (audio) \

Definition of prepense

: planned beforehand : premeditated usually used postpositively malice prepense

Other Words from prepense

prepensely adverb

First Known Use of prepense

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prepense

by shortening & alteration from earlier purpensed, from Middle English, past participle of purpensen to deliberate, premeditate, from Anglo-French purpenser, from pur- thoroughly + penser to think — more at purchase entry 1, pensive

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The first known use of prepense was in 1647

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“Prepense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prepense. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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