[ pri-pens ]
/ prɪˈpɛns /


planned or intended in advance; premeditated.

Origin of prepense

1695–1705; pre- + -pense < Latin pēnsus, past participle of pendere to weigh, consider; see pensive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for prepense

  • He was prepense to argue about the difficulties of her life, and of the urgent necessity of vanquishing these.

    Evelyn Innes|George Moore

British Dictionary definitions for prepense

/ (prɪˈpɛns) /


(postpositive) (usually in legal contexts) arranged in advance; premeditated (esp in the phrase malice prepense)

Word Origin for prepense

C18: from Anglo-Norman purpensé, from Old French purpenser to consider in advance, from penser to think, from Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider
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