premeditation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n premeditation (law) thought and intention to commit a crime well in advance of the crime; goes to show criminal intent
    • n premeditation planning or plotting in advance of acting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Premeditation The act of meditating or contriving beforehand; previous deliberation; forethought.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n premeditation The act of premeditating; previous deliberation; forethought; precogitation.
    • n premeditation Previous contrivance or design formed: as, the premeditation of a crime. In law, premeditation is by some authorities understood to mean previous deliberation, by others only previous intent, however sudden, and however quickly put into execution.
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praemeditatio,: cf. F. préméditation,

Usage

In literature:

This, sir, is not the conduct of a gentleman; and argues either actual or premeditated guilt.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
On this occasion, however, Woodward went like a man who felt apprehensive of some premeditated violence on the part of an enemy.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
This world is a mere bird of passage, Miss Norali; and it behooves us to be ever on the wing for futurity and premeditation.
"Going To Maynooth Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
This was done in a somewhat startling way (premeditated, as I found out afterwards).
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
It was without premeditation, almost without conscious intention.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
It is premeditated violence to protect the weak.
"Sequential Problem Solving" by Fredric Lozo
Thus goaded, Rhodes acted often without premeditation.
"Cecil Rhodes" by Princess Catherine Radziwill
The two first in a quarrel, the latter by premeditation.
"Life of Lord Byron, With His Letters And Journals, Vol. 5 (of 6)" by (Lord Byron) George Gordon Byron
Knowingly, and in a premeditated manner, the Bolshevist press excited the soldiers and the workmen against all other parties.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
That there had been no thought, no premeditation, was the fact that stirred her most.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
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In poetry:

'Come out beneath the unmastered sky,
With its emancipating spaces,
And learn to sing as well as I,
Without premeditated graces.
"The Nightingale In The Study" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

(July 8, 2010) Was it a misunderstanding or a premeditated assault on a sensitive tribal archaeological site, currently the property of the city.
A Blue Earth County grand jury as indicted 21-year-old Damone Christopher Williams-Tillman on 13 felony counts including first-degree premeditated murder.
Restaurateur charged with attempted, willful and premeditated murder.
Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.
I wish prosecutors would not say they're doing us a favor when they plea-bargain a premeditated murder to a sentence of life in prison ("Pair in slaying get life," May 12).
Premeditation for the carbon monoxide deaths of three children started at least four days before they were apparently killed by their grandmother and uncle, who also died in the incident.
Man charged with premeditated murder.
White House sees no sign Libya attack premeditated .
WASHINGTON – The White House says it doesn't have any indication that last week's deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was premeditated .
The White House says it doesn't have any indication that last week's deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was premeditated .
WASHINGTON — The White House says it doesn't have any indication that last week's deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was premeditated .
No reason to believe Libya attack was coordinated or premeditated .
Libya, US Disagree on Whether Benghazi Attack Was Premeditated .
Attack on boyfriend may have been premeditated .
Uniformed Afghan kills 3 US troops in apparently premeditated assault.
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In science:

In the pure case, premeditated dimerization leads to a unique ground state.
Random Bonds and Topological Stability in Gapped Quantum Spin Chains
For about eight hours the student applies a premeditated, computer-controlled sequence of optical pulses and bursts of radio frequency energy in an effort to learn about the atomic structure of the ion.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
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