Definition of prepense in English:

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Pronunciation: /prɪˈpɛns/


[usually postpositive] chiefly Law , dated
Deliberate; intentional: malice prepense
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  • Webster's defines aforethought adequately, with a reference to the relevant legal term: ‘Premeditated; prepense; previously in mind; designed; as, malice aforethought, which is required to constitute murder.’





Early 18th century: alteration of prepensed, past participle of obsolete prepense, from Old French purpenser, from por- 'beforehand' + penser 'think'. The prefix pre- was substituted to emphasize the notion of 'beforehand'.

Words that rhyme with prepense

cense, commence, common sense, condense, dense, dispense, expense, fence, hence, Hortense, immense, offence (US offense), pence, pretence (US pretense), sense, spence, suspense, tense, thence, whence

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