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n. planning, plotting or deliberating before doing something. Premeditation is an element in first degree murder and shows intent to commit that crime. (See: malice aforethought, murder, first degree murder)
premeditationnoun advance planning, deliberate intent, deliberate intention, design, dissinct purpose, forethought, machination, praemeditatio, prearrangement, preconsideration, predeliberation, previous deliberation, previous reflection, prior determination
Associated concepts: intent
See also: conference, consideration, contemplation, deliberation, forethought, goal, predetermination
premeditationprior resolve to do some act or to commit a crime.
PREMEDITATION. A design formed to commit a crime or to do some other thing
before it is done.
2. Premeditation differs essentially from will, which constitutes the crime, because it supposes besides an actual will, a deliberation and a continued persistence which indicate more perversity. The preparation of arms or other instruments required for the execution of the crime, are indications of a premeditation, but are not absolute proof of it, as these preparations may have been intended for other purposes, and then suddenly changed to the performance of the criminal act. Murder by poisoning must of necessity be done with premeditation. See Aforethought; Murder.