Aforethought A*fore"thought`, a. Premeditated; prepense; previously in mind; designed; as, malice aforethought, which is required to constitute murder. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

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  • aforethought — afore·thought /ə fōr ˌthȯt/ adj: previously in mind: premeditated Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. aforethought …   Law dictionary

  • aforethought — (adj.) 1580s, from AFORE (Cf. afore) + past tense of THINK (Cf. think). Apparently an English loan translation of Old French legalese word prepense in malice prepense malice aforethought (Coke) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Aforethought — A*fore thought , n. Premeditation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aforethought — [ə fôr′thôt΄] adj. thought out beforehand; premeditated …   English World dictionary

  • aforethought — A thought had before; premeditation; prepense. The words premeditated, aforethought, and prepense, possess etymologically the same meaning. They are the Latin and Saxon synonyms, expressing a single idea, and may possess in law precisely the same …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • aforethought — adjective Date: 1581 previously in mind ; premeditated, deliberate < with malice aforethought > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aforethought — /euh fawr thawt , euh fohr /, adj. 1. thought of previously; premeditated (usually used predicatively): with malice aforethought. n. 2. premeditation; forethought. [1575 85; AFORE + THOUGHT2] * * * …   Universalium

  • aforethought — adjective /əˈfɔː.θɔːt,əˈfɔːr.θɑːt,əˈfɔːr.θɔːt/ Premeditated; planned ahead of time. This was not merely wrong; it was clearly done with malice aforethought. Syn: planned, premeditated See Also: fore, forethought, thought …   Wiktionary

  • aforethought — a|fore|thought [əˈfo:θo:t US əˈfo:rθo:t] adj →with malice aforethought at ↑malice …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • aforethought — a|fore|thought [ ə fɔr,θɔt ] adjective LEGAL with malice aforethought with a deliberate intention of causing harm …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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