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


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

Nearby words

  1. premedical,
  2. premedication,
  3. premedieval,
  4. premeditate,
  5. premeditated,
  6. premenopausal,
  7. premenstrual,
  8. premenstrual syndrome,
  9. premenstruum,
  10. premiate

Origin of premeditation

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin praemeditātiōn- (stem of praemeditātiō) a considering beforehand. See premeditate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for premeditation


/ (prɪˌmɛdɪˈteɪʃən) /


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

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