aforethought

[uh-fawr-thawt, uh-fohr-]
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noun
  1. premeditation; forethought.

Origin of aforethought

First recorded in 1575–85; afore + thought2
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aforethought

adjective
  1. (immediately postpositive) premeditated (esp in the phrase malice aforethought)
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Word Origin and History for aforethought
adj.

1580s, from afore + past tense of think. Apparently an English loan-translation of Old French legalese word prepense (see prepense) in malice prepense "malice aforethought" (Coke).

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