Definition of Prepense

1. v. t. To weigh or consider beforehand; to premeditate.



2. v. i. To deliberate beforehand.

3. a. Devised, contrived, or planned beforehand; preconceived; premeditated; aforethought; -- usually placed after the word it qualifies; as, malice prepense.

Definition of Prepense

1. Adjective. Devised, contrived, or planned beforehand; preconceived, premeditated. ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To weigh or consider beforehand; to consider. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To deliberate beforehand. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prepense

1. planned in advance [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prepense

prepaving
prepay
prepayable
prepayed
prepaying
prepayment
prepayments
prepays
prepend
prepended
prepending
prepends
prepenetration
prepenetrations
prepense (current term)
prepensed
prepensely
prepenses
prepensing
preperformance
prepetition
prepharmacy
prephenate
prephenates
prephenic acid
prephilatelic
prephilately
prephotographic
prepill

Literary usage of Prepense

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1. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"657, ; 5, defining murder to be the killing of a person with a premeditated design to effect his death, Is synonymous with ''aforethought" and "prepense. ..."

2. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"... Bebbington the holy peak"—The Old Yew of Eastham—Malice-prepense interest— History and afternoon tea — An East-Indian Englishman—The merchantman sticks ..."

3. The New System of Criminal Procedure, Pleading and Evidence in Indictable by John Frederick Archbold (1852)
"But the malice prepense or aforethought, the preconceived malice, ... Malice prepense is therefore either particular or general, and is either express or ..."

4. Early Indiana Trials and Sketches: Reminiscences by Oliver Hampton Smith (1858)
"... stands unanimously acquitted, except by the prosecutor, who the Court considers was governed by malice prepense and aforethought." DODGING A FEE. ..."

5. The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of by Roger North (1826)
"But this prepense disposition to fear had a worse effect upon his spirits when applied to the consequences of his life; and not only sullied his character ..."

6. Essays on Chivalry, Romance, and the Drama by Walter Scott (1887)
"... Kensington gravel walks, and Dutch trellis, with a sort of malice prepense against his reader's patience : and his account exactly resembles the plan ..."

7. The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden: Now First by John Dryden, Edmond Malone (1800)
"... went out of his way, as it were on prepense malice, to commit a fault.7 For he took his opportunity to kill a royal infant, by the means of a serpent, ..."

8. The Law-dictionary, Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the ...by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger (1835)
"But by several statutes the benefit of clergy was taken away from murderers through malice prepense, their abettors, procurers, and counsellors. ..."

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