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Planned or intended beforehand; premeditated: malice aforethought.


(immediately postpositive) premeditated (esp in the phrase malice aforethought)


(əˈfɔrˌθɔt, əˈfoʊr-)

thought of previously; premeditated: with malice aforethought.
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Adj.1.aforethought - planned in advanceaforethought - planned in advance; "with malice aforethought"
premeditated - characterized by deliberate purpose and some degree of planning; "a premeditated crime"


[əˈfɔːθɔːt] ADJ with malice aforethoughtcon premeditación
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This sailing with a "dry " boat was malice aforethought on my part.
That point is this: The Sperm Whale is in some cases sufficiently powerful, knowing, and judiciously malicious, as with direct aforethought to stave in, utterly destroy, and sink a large ship; and what is more, the Sperm Whale has done it.
Men say, practically, Begin where you are and such as you are, without aiming mainly to become of more worth, and with kindness aforethought go about doing good.
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When Martinsen appeared at the assizes on 12th February, it was accepted by the jury that he had not had any malice aforethought and not intended to kill.
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