Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of speculating, arranging, or plotting in advance.
  • n. Law The contemplation of a crime well enough in advance to show deliberate intent to commit the crime; forethought.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of planning or plotting something in advance, especially an intentional crime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of meditating or contriving beforehand; previous deliberation; forethought.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of premeditating; previous deliberation; forethought; precogitation.
  • n. Previous contrivance or design formed: as, the premeditation of a crime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. planning or plotting in advance of acting
  • n. (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent

Etymologies

Latin praemeditatio: compare French préméditation. (Wiktionary)

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