premeditation

[pri-med-i-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of premeditating.
2.
Law. sufficient forethought to impute deliberation and intent to commit the act.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praemeditātiōn- (stem of praemeditātiō) a considering beforehand. See premeditate, -ion

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premeditation (prɪˌmɛdɪˈteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  law prior resolve to do some act or to commit a crime
2.  the act of premeditating

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premeditation
early 15c., from L. præmeditationem (nom. præmeditatio) "consideration beforehand," from præmeditatus, pp. of præmeditari "to consider beforehand," from præ- "before" + meditari "to consider" (see meditation). Premeditated is recorded from 1580s.
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Example sentences
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.
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