malice prepense

malice aforethought

noun Law.
a predetermination to commit an unlawful act without just cause or provocation (applied chiefly to cases of first-degree murder).
Also called malice prepense.


Origin:
1660–70

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malice aforethought
 
n
1.  the predetermination to do an unlawful act, esp to kill or seriously injure
2.  murder See also manslaughter the intent with which an unlawful killing is effected, which must be proved for the crime to constitute murder

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