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Related to prepense: Malice prepense


Contemplated or arranged in advance; premeditated: malice prepense.

[From Middle English, past participle of purpensen, to premeditate, from Anglo-Norman purpenser : pur-, before (from Latin pro-; see pro-1) + penser, to think (from Latin pēnsāre; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots).]

pre·pense′ly adv.


(Law) (postpositive) (usually in legal contexts) arranged in advance; premeditated (esp in the phrase malice prepense)
[C18: from Anglo-Norman purpensé, from Old French purpenser to consider in advance, from penser to think, from Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider]



planned or intended in advance; premeditated.
[1695–1705; pre- + -pense < Latin pēnsus, past participle of pendere to weigh, consider; see pensive]
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he ejaculated at the top of his voice to a ragged wolfish-looking dog, a sort of lurcher, half mastiff, half greyhound, which ran limping about as if with the purpose of seconding his master in collecting the refractory grunters; but which, in fact, from misapprehension of the swine-herd's signals, ignorance of his own duty, or malice prepense, only drove them hither and thither, and increased the evil which he seemed to design to remedy.
The first of these is the court of inspection over the behaviour of the magistrates when they have quitted their office; the second is to punish those who have injured the public; the third is to take cognisance of those causes in which the state is a party; the fourth is to decide between magistrates and private persons, who appeal from a fine laid upon them; the fifth is to determine disputes which may arise concerning contracts of great value; the sixth is to judge between foreigners, and of murders, of which there are different species; and these may all be tried by the same judges or by different ones; for there are murders of malice prepense and of chance-medley; there is also justifiable homicide, where the fact is admitted, and the legality of it disputed.
To do her justice, she really believed Anne had made Diana drunk out of sheer malice prepense,?