un·​pre·​med·​i·​tat·​ed | \ ˌən-(ˌ)prē-ˈme-də-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce unpremeditated (audio) \

Definition of unpremeditated

: not characterized by willful intent and forethought : not planned in advance : not premeditated unpremeditated murder

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Recent Examples on the Web Although in cancel culture the moral panics are roving and unpremeditated, they can still be exploited for the benefit of the dominant class. New York Times, "The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture," 3 Dec. 2020 Even the story behind her name encapsulates her seemingly unpremeditated, autonomous career moves, while also reflecting the tension between availability and evasion that animates her work. Emily J. Lordi Photographs By Liz Johnson Artur, New York Times, "FKA Twigs," 19 Oct. 2020 If death is always trying to spirit Carol away, like a demon lover, and psychosis comes suddenly for Anna, like an unpremeditated assault, it’s life that grinds Bonnie down. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Anatomy of a Suicide,’ Pain in Triplicate," 18 Feb. 2020 Andrew Johnson, charged with unpremeditated murder and several offenses related to his alleged careless handling of firearms, appeared at a preliminary hearing in a courtroom on the Marine base here. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Prosecution details fatal shooting of Minnesota Marine by his colleague," 23 Aug. 2019 Behenna, who was an Army Ranger in the 101st Airborne Division, was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone and sentenced to 25 years after killing Ali Mansur, a detainee and suspected al-Qaida member. al, "Trump pardons soldier who killed Iraqi prisoner," 7 May 2019 The portrait of Stalin, however, had pronounced his final, silent verdict on her unpremeditated crimes. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wolves," 2 Apr. 2018 What followed was entirely unpremeditated and extraordinary. Violet Massie-vereker, PEOPLE.com, "Creator of #MeNext? Viral Hashtag Makes Impassioned Plea: 'Any American Student Could Be the Next Victim'," 22 Feb. 2018 The random sample communicates in one unpremeditated frame all the significance that particular person’s drive down that particular road could possibly contain. Gideon Lewis-kraus, New York Times, "What We See When We Look at Travel Photography," 22 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of unpremeditated

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpremeditated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpremeditated. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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un·​pre·​med·​i·​tat·​ed | \ ˌən-prē-ˈme-də-ˌtā-təd \

Legal Definition of unpremeditated

: not premeditated

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