pre·med·i·ta·tion /pri-ˌme-də-'tā-shən/ n: an act or instance of premeditating; specif: consideration or planning of an act beforehand
designed so that it requires premeditation to tamper with it
murder in the first degree is the killing of a human being committed...intentionally and with premeditationKansas 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. . 1996.

I noun 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 II index conference, consideration (contemplation), deliberation, forethought, goal, predetermination

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 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 Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 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. . 2000.

   planning, plotting or deliberating before doing something. Premeditation is an element in first degree murder and shows intent to commit that crime.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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