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. 2019

Examples from the Web for prepense

Historical Examples of 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



(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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Word Origin and History for prepense

"planned beforehand," c.1700, short for prepensed (1520s), past participle adjective from obsolete prepense, originally purpense, from Old French pourpenser "to plan, meditate" (11c.), from pro- "before" (see pro-) + penser "to think" (see pensive).

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