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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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for unpremeditated
Historical Examples
  • As to the result of my unpremeditated "tip" she was quite indifferent.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • As I looked at her I was more ashamed of my own unpremeditated nap than ever.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The suggestion must seem to be incidental and unpremeditated.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth
  • One was at Devonshire House, an ordinary, unpremeditated evening reception.

  • The hint which the Chieftain had thrown out respecting Flora was not unpremeditated.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • His present visit was as unpremeditated as Peyton's invitation had been unlooked for by him.

  • He sauntered up to the silly Globule and look an unpremeditated Swipe.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • This revolt was, however, not a sudden, unpremeditated thing.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The situation was unpremeditated, and the Constitution made no provision for its facts.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • Trix came to a standstill, a standstill at once sudden and unpremeditated.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
British Dictionary definitions for unpremeditated


not planned beforehand; spontaneous
Derived Forms
unpremeditatedly, adverb
unpremeditation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unpremeditated

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of premeditate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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