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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 of premeditation
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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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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