AskDefine | Define premeditate

Dictionary Definition



1 consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand; "premeditated murder"
2 think or reflect beforehand or in advance; "I rarely premeditate, which is a mistake"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To plan ahead of time.



  1. Feminine plural form of premeditato


  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, premeditare#Italian|premeditare

Extensive Definition

Premeditation, frequently referred to in the vernacular with the term "in cold blood", is contemplation of acting out an intended crime, thinking about, planning, or plotting a crime beforehand and not in a moment of duress or imminent danger. The amount of time necessary between planning and the act to prove premeditation...cannot be arbitrarily fixed. Premeditation in the context of murder describes actions which were planned prior to their being executed. The establishment of premeditation in homicide generally carries with it the inability to argue innocence by cause of insanity.


premeditate in French: Préméditation
premeditate in Dutch: Met voorbedachten rade
premeditate in Norwegian: Overlegg

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

calculate, cook up, fix, forethink, frame, frame up, pack, pack the deal, plan, plot, prearrange, preconcert, preconsider, precontrive, predecide, predesign, predetermine, preorder, prepare, preresolve, rig, scheme, set up, sew up, stack the cards, work out beforehand
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