premeditation

[ pri-med-i-tey-shuh n ]
/ prɪˌmɛd ɪˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

an act or instance of premeditating.
Law. sufficient forethought to impute deliberation and intent to commit the act.

Origin of premeditation

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praemeditātiōn- (stem of praemeditātiō) a considering beforehand. See premeditate, -ion
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premeditation

/ (prɪˌmɛdɪˈteɪʃən) /

noun

law prior resolve to do some act or to commit a crime
the act of premeditating
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