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[pri-med-i-tey-tid] /prɪˈmɛd ɪˌteɪ tɪd/
done deliberately; planned in advance:
a premeditated murder.
Origin of premeditated
1580-90; pre- + meditate + -ed2
Related forms
premeditatedly, adverb
unpremeditated, adjective


[pri-med-i-teyt] /prɪˈmɛd ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), premeditated, premeditating.
to meditate, consider, or plan beforehand:
to premeditate a murder.
1540-50; < Latin praemeditātus past participle of praemeditārī to contemplate in advance. See pre-, meditate
Related forms
premeditative, adjective
premeditator, noun
See deliberate. Unabridged
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  • At the court-martial they need to show that the sergeant's actions were premeditated.
British Dictionary definitions for premeditated


to plan or consider (something, such as a violent crime) beforehand
Derived Forms
premeditatedly, adverb
premeditative, adjective
premeditator, noun
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Word Origin and History for premeditated



1540s, from pre- + meditate, or a back formation from premeditation, or else from Latin praemeditatus, past participle of praemeditari "to think over." Related: Premeditated; premeditating.

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