[ 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 formspre·med·i·tat·ed·ly, adverbun·pre·med·i·tat·ed, adjective

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Definition for premeditated (2 of 2)


[ pri-med-i-teyt ]
/ prɪˈmɛd ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), pre·med·i·tat·ed, pre·med·i·tat·ing.

to meditate, consider, or plan beforehand: to premeditate a murder.

Origin of premeditate

1540–50; < Latin praemeditātus past participle of praemeditārī to contemplate in advance. See pre-, meditate
Related formspre·med·i·ta·tive, adjectivepre·med·i·ta·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for premeditated


/ (prɪˈmɛdɪˌteɪt) /


to plan or consider (something, such as a violent crime) beforehand
Derived Formspremeditatedly, adverbpremeditative, adjectivepremeditator, 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.

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