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

Synonym study



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

Synonyms for premeditate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for premeditated

Contemporary Examples of premeditated

Historical Examples of premeditated

  • 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.

  • I dare say he did not think, for the killing of Michael was not premeditated.

  • She neither denied nor extenuated the crime, and she acknowledged it to have been premeditated.

  • 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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper