Premeditate

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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
References in classic literature ?
Their entrance, whether by premeditation or a simultaneous impulse, was the signal of revolt.
Without premeditation, to her own surprise, and indeed terror, she had given vent, for once, to the inveteracy of her resentment, cherished against this kinsman for thirty years.
Three or four times he has said to me, and certainly without the slightest premeditation,