Prepense meaning

prĭ-pĕns'
Contemplated or arranged in advance; premeditated.

Malice prepense.

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Planned beforehand; premeditated.
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Devised, contrived, or planned beforehand; preconceived, premeditated.
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(intransitive) To deliberate beforehand.
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Origin of prepense

  • From Middle English past participle of purpensen to premeditate from Anglo-Norman purpenser pur- before (from Latin pro- pro–1) penser to think (from Latin pēnsāre (s)pen- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Back-formation from prepensed, probably from Anglo-Norman prepenser.
    From Wiktionary