- Premeditated prepense previously in your mind created as malice aforethought that will be needed to represent murder
- with planning and intention
- Premeditated; prepense; previously in your mind; created; as, malice aforethought, that is necessary to constitute murder.
In unlawful law. Deliberate; in the pipeline; premeditated; prepense State v. Peo, 9 Houst (Del.) 488, 33 BL.LAW DICT.(2D ED.)
1580s, from afore + previous tight of presume. Evidently an English loan-translation of Old French legalese word prepense (see prepense) in malice prepense "malice aforethought" (Coke).
(a.) Premeditated; prepense; previously at heart; designed; since, malice aforethought, which can be required to constitute murder.
- (letter.) Premeditation.
But though similar disasters, however little bruited ashore, were by no means unusual in the fishery; yet, in most instances, such seemed the White Whale's infernal aforethought of ferocity, that every dismembering or death that he caused, was not wholly regarded as having been inflicted by an unintelligent agent.