an act or instance of premeditating.
Law. sufficient forethought to impute deliberation and intent to commit the act.
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How to use premeditation in a sentence
There was absolutely premeditation about the day’s events — but not necessarily about the attack itself, which at this point is the central question.The line of culpability for Jan. 6 needs to be more brightly drawn than it is | Philip Bump | October 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Following a review of that account, Zuckerberg said Facebook couldn’t see any signs of premeditation or discussion that revealed Rittenhouse’s plans to open fire.Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook made an ‘operational mistake’ with Kenosha militia group | Danielle Abril | August 28, 2020 | Fortune
A denial of reality this whole, this pure, requires, I think, some thought, some premeditation.
“This is a meticulous approach to premeditation,” argued Martinez.Jodi Arias Faces Her Fate as Jury Begins Deliberations | Christine Pelisek | May 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Never mind that there was nothing in her record at work or in the evidence in the case that suggested premeditation.Dominique Strauss-Kahn Settles With Maid: How the Case Changed France | Christopher Dickey | December 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Exhaustive premeditation is not part of the Web Therapy formula.
But there was nothing systematic about the programme, no appearance of prearrangement nor even premeditation.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
After that they met by acknowledged premeditation every Sunday—close to the entrance of the tunnel.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
No: this was the coincidence of good luck, not of bold premeditation.Two Men of Sandy Bar | Bret Harte
His glittering eyes swept the chamber, and singling out Cyrène as by premeditation, rested upon her face.The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
Was it not with premeditation and by means of an ingenious ruse that his pretended imbecile had separated him from his assistants?The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar | Maurice Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for premeditation
law prior resolve to do some act or to commit a crime
the act of premeditating
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