malice aforethought(redirected from Malice prepense)
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The premeditated and deliberate commission of a criminal act with knowledge of its harmfulness or reckless indifference to its harmfulness and without justification or excuse.
a predetermination to commit an unlawful act without just cause or provocation. Also called mal′ice prepense′.
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|Noun||1.||malice aforethought - (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials|
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"
premeditation - (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent