a predetermination to commit an unlawful act without just cause or provocation (applied chiefly to cases of first-degree murder).
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Origin of malice aforethought
First recorded in 1660–70
Also called malice prepense.
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British Dictionary definitions for malice aforethought
noun criminal law
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