pre·​pense pri-ˈpen(t)s How to pronounce prepense (audio)
: planned beforehand : premeditated
usually used postpositively
malice prepense
prepensely adverb

Word History


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

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prepense was in 1647

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Cite this Entry

“Prepense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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