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prepense

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Pronunciation: /prɪˈpɛns
 
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Definition of prepense in English:

adjective

[usually postpositive] chiefly Law , dated
Deliberate; intentional: malice prepense
More 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.’

Origin

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'.

Derivatives

prepensely

1
adverb

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