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Premeditate

To think of an act beforehand; to contrive and design; to plot or lay plans for the execution of a purpose.

Premeditation refers to the decision to plan to commit a crime, generally murder. A premeditated murder is thought out beforehand, but no specific length of time is needed for premeditation.

See: intend, plan, plot, ponder, prearrange, predetermine, scheme
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40) Carroll argued that, if no time is too short for a wicked man, a long time is necessary for a man of good reputation, like himself, to premeditate.
The defendant can premeditate in a very short time--in an instant, in fact.
But if the defendant can premeditate in an instant, one may ask, what is premeditation?