premeditation


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pre·med·i·tate

 (prē-mĕd′ĭ-tāt′)
v. pre·med·i·tat·ed, pre·med·i·tat·ing, pre·med·i·tates
v.tr.
To form an intent to carry out (an action, such as a crime); intend to carry out: premeditate a killing.
v.intr.
To premeditate an action, especially a crime.

pre·med′i·ta′tion (-tā′shən) adj.
pre·med′i·ta′tive adj.
pre·med′i·ta′tor n.

premeditation

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

pre•med•i•ta•tion

(prɪˌmɛd ɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. an act or instance of premeditating.
2. Law. sufficient forethought to impute deliberation and intent to commit an act.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.premeditation - planning or plotting in advance of acting
planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
2.premeditation - (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
malice aforethought, mens rea - (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

premeditation

noun planning, design, purpose, plotting, intention, determination, deliberation, forethought, prearrangement, malice aforethought, predetermination The judge concluded that there was insufficient evidence of premeditation.
Translations

premeditation

[priːˌmedɪˈteɪʃən] Npremeditación f

premeditation

[priːˌmɛdɪˈteɪʃən] npréméditation f

premeditation

nVorsatz m

premeditation

[priːˌmɛdɪˈteɪʃn] npremeditazione f
References in classic literature ?
But there was nothing systematic about the programme, no appearance of prearrangement nor even premeditation.
Without premeditation, to her own surprise, and indeed terror, she had given vent, for once, to the inveteracy of her resentment, cherished against this kinsman for thirty years.
This would be the more likely to take place, as the delinquencies of the larger members might be expected sometimes to proceed from an ambitious premeditation in their rulers, with a view to getting rid of all external control upon their designs of personal aggrandizement; the better to effect which it is presumable they would tamper beforehand with leading individuals in the adjacent States.
Three or four times he has said to me, and certainly without the slightest premeditation,
Jane instantly gave a look at Elizabeth which spoke her distress at such premeditation, and her intreaty that she would not give in to it.
I took her hand and was raising it naturally, without premeditation, when I felt suddenly the arm to which it belonged become insensible, passive, like a stuffed limb, and the whole woman go inanimate all over
It was youth daring Fate, without show or bravado or fear; rolling the honey under his tongue and drawing in its sweetness; youth, that lives for the moment, that can be blind to the threatening future, that can forget the mean past; youth slipping along with some chewing-gum between his teeth and a warm sensation in his stew-crammed stomach, whistling, dreaming, happy; youth, that can, without premeditation, remain away from home and leave udders untapped and pigs unfed; sublime enigma; angering bit of irresponsibility to the Martins of a fiercely practical world.
But when he came across came across a man of position his instinct immediately told him that this man could be useful, and without any premeditation Prince Vasili took the first opportunity to gain his confidence, flatter him, become intimate with him, and finally make his request.
In reply, and quite without premeditation, his hand went out to hers, covering it as it lay on the railing.
Then, without premeditation, we may express our disapproval of such a turn by getting up from our seats and leaving the theatre for a promenade and a breath of fresh air outside, coming back, when the turn is over, to enjoy the rest of the programme.
Their entrance, whether by premeditation or a simultaneous impulse, was the signal of revolt.
Without premeditation, without sorrow, without rejoicing, and almost without noticing it, I stepped into the very different atmosphere of "An Outpost of Progress.