Something premeditated is planned in advanced and has a purpose behind it. In other words, it's no accident. A premeditated crime involves careful planning and research before it happens.

Premeditated comes from a combination of two Latin words: pre, meaning "before," and meditat, meaning “to ponder.” If you ponder — or think about — something before you act, that makes it premeditated. If you watch a lot of TV crime dramas, you may be familiar with the term "premeditated murder." This means that the murderer didn't just lose his temper and kill someone in the moment — instead, he went after a specific person on purpose.

Definitions of premeditated

adj characterized by deliberate purpose and some degree of planning

“a premeditated crime”
resulting from one's intentions
designed or carried out according to a plan
aforethought, planned, plotted
planned in advance
not premeditated
without apparent forethought or prompting or planning
without forethought
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