- an act or instance of premeditating.
- Law. sufficient forethought to impute deliberation and intent to commit the act.
Origin of premeditation
Examples from the Web for premeditation
A denial of reality this whole, this pure, requires, I think, some thought, some premeditation.What Plantation Is Jim DeMint Living On?
April 11, 2014
“This is a meticulous approach to premeditation,” argued Martinez.Jodi Arias Faces Her Fate as Jury Begins Deliberations
May 5, 2013
No premeditation whatever could prepare him for this affecting scene.
Mark Twain was not a pessimist in his heart, but only by premeditation.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
He would think that she had deceived him, and she had, but with no premeditation.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
I did all sorts of good, without selfishness or premeditation.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
What I did was perfectly impulsive, without thought or premeditation.The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I
- law prior resolve to do some act or to commit a crime
- the act of premeditating
Word Origin and History for premeditation
early 15c., from Old French premeditacion and directly from Latin praemeditationem (nominative praemeditatio) "consideration beforehand," noun of action from past participle stem of praemeditari "to consider beforehand," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + meditari "to consider" (see meditation).