pre·med·i·ta·tion /pri-ˌme-də-'tā-shən/ n: an act or instance of premeditating; specif: consideration or planning of an act beforehanddesigned so that it requires premeditation to tamper with itmurder in the first degree is the killing of a human being committed...intentionally and with premeditation — Kansas Statutes Annotated see also cold blood, murder compare intent◇ The terms premeditation malice aforethought deliberate, and willful are often used in statutes either along with or instead of intent to describe the necessary mental state for a crime. In some jurisdictions the premeditation has to occur only moments before the act, while in others it must precede the act by an appreciable amount of time.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
advance planning, aforethought, deliberate intent, deliberate intention, design, distinct purpose, forethought, machination, praemeditatio, prearrangement, preconsideration, predeliberation, predetermination, preresolution, previous deliberation, previous reflection, prior determination
associated concepts: intent
conference, consideration (contemplation), deliberation, forethought, goal, predetermination
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
Planning, plotting, or deliberating before doing something. Premeditation is an element in first degree murder and shows intent to commit that crime. (See also: malice aforethought, murder, first degree murder)Category: Criminal LawCategory: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Thompson Hill. 2009.
n. An intention to act in a certain manner prior to so acting, as in "premeditated murder," meaning the act of killing after contemplation and intent to do so.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.