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prepense

[pri-pens] /prɪˈpɛns/
adjective
1.
planned or intended in advance; premeditated.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; pre- + -pense < Latin pēnsus, past participle of pendere to weigh, consider; see pensive
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  • And though the door was shut in my face, it was not by the rector, or with malice prepense.
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prepense

/prɪˈpɛns/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) (usually in legal contexts) arranged in advance; premeditated (esp in the phrase malice prepense)
Word Origin
C18: from Anglo-Norman purpensé, from Old French purpenser to consider in advance, from penser to think, from Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider
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Word Origin and History for prepense
adj.

"planned beforehand," c.1700, short for prepensed (1520s), past participle adjective from obsolete prepense, originally purpense, from Old French pourpenser "to plan, meditate" (11c.), from pro- "before" (see pro-) + penser "to think" (see pensive).

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