adjective[usually postpositive] chiefly Law , • dated
- Deliberate; intentional: malice prepenseMore example sentences
- 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'.
More definitions of prepenseDefinition of prepense in:
- The US English dictionary