Definition of malice aforethought in English:

malice aforethought

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[mass noun] Law
  • The intention to kill or harm, which distinguishes murder from unlawful killing: the accused has caused death but did not have malice aforethought
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    • If the jury decided that James lacked malice aforethought, he could still be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, i.e., unlawful killing without malice aforethought.
    • Murder is unlawful homicide committed with malice aforethought.
    • Did he kill her with malice aforethought, willfully, deliberately?

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