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premeditation

[pri-med-i-tey-shuh n] /prɪˌmɛd ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of premeditating.
2.
Law. sufficient forethought to impute deliberation and intent to commit the act.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin praemeditātiōn- (stem of praemeditātiō) a considering beforehand. See premeditate, -ion
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Examples for premeditation
  • Portrait photography is all about premeditation, from what your model wears to where they're photographed.
  • With respect to the element of premeditation, evidence was presented that defendant was hotheaded and had a temper.
  • While defendant presents many examples of premeditation in his brief, there is no set time or pattern to equal premeditation.
  • Ritualistic crime investigations should strive to prove premeditation and obtain occult items through a search warrant.
British Dictionary definitions for premeditation

premeditation

/prɪˌmɛdɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
(law) prior resolve to do some act or to commit a crime
2.
the act of premeditating
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Word Origin and History for premeditation
n.

early 15c., from Old French premeditacion and directly from Latin praemeditationem (nominative praemeditatio) "consideration beforehand," noun of action from past participle stem of praemeditari "to consider beforehand," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + meditari "to consider" (see meditation).

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