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[pri-med-i-tey-tid] /prɪˈmɛd ɪˌteɪ tɪd/
done deliberately; planned in advance:
a premeditated murder.
Origin of premeditated
First recorded in 1580-90; pre- + meditate + -ed2
Related forms
premeditatedly, adverb
unpremeditated, adjective
Synonym Study
See deliberate.


[pri-med-i-teyt] /prɪˈmɛd ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), premeditated, premeditating.
to meditate, consider, or plan beforehand:
to premeditate a murder.
1540-50; < Latin praemeditātus past participle of praemeditārī to contemplate in advance. See pre-, meditate
Related forms
premeditative, adjective
premeditator, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Or had it really been premeditated that he should fall into that camp?

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • He saw at once the premeditated and well-planned villany of Vargrave.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I dare say he did not think, for the killing of Michael was not premeditated.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • She neither denied nor extenuated the crime, and she acknowledged it to have been premeditated.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • And had he lied to her,—deceived her with a premeditated story which must have been full of lies?

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for premeditated


to plan or consider (something, such as a violent crime) beforehand
Derived Forms
premeditatedly, adverb
premeditative, adjective
premeditator, noun
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Word Origin and History for premeditated



1540s, from pre- + meditate, or a back formation from premeditation, or else from Latin praemeditatus, past participle of praemeditari "to think over." Related: Premeditated; premeditating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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