adjective Etymology: by shortening & alteration from earlier purpensed, from Middle English, past participle of purpensen to deliberate, premeditate, from Anglo-French purpenser, from pur- thoroughly + penser to think — more at purchase, pensive Date: 1702 planned beforehand ; premeditated — usually used postpositively <
malice prepense
prepensely adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Prepense — Pre*pense , a. [See {Pansy}, and cf. {Prepense}, v. t.] Devised, contrived, or planned beforehand; preconceived; premeditated; aforethought; usually placed after the word it qualifies; as, malice prepense. [1913 Webster] This has not arisen from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prepense — Pre*pense , v. t. [Pref. pre + F. penser to think. See {Pansy}.] To weigh or consider beforehand; to premeditate. [Obs.] Spenser. Sir T. Elyot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prepense — Pre*pense , v. i. To deliberate beforehand. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prepense — index aforethought, deliberate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prepense — [prē pens′] adj. [altered < earlier purpensed < ME < OFr purpensé, pp. of purpenser, to meditate < pur, pro + penser < L pensare, to think: see PENSIVE] planned beforehand; premeditated: see MALICE …   English World dictionary

  • prepense — /prəˈpɛns/ (say pruh pens) adjective premeditated: malice prepense. {earlier prepenst, prepensed, past participle of obsolete prepense meditate beforehand; replacing Middle English purpense, from Old French} …   Australian English dictionary

  • prepense — adj. (usu. placed after noun) esp. Law deliberate, intentional (malice prepense). Derivatives: prepensely adv. Etymology: earlier prepensed past part. of obs. prepense (v.) alt. f. earlier purpense f. AF & OF purpenser (as PUR , penser): see… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prepense — 1. adjective /pɹɪˈpɛns/ Devised, contrived, or planned beforehand; preconceived, premeditated. 2. verb /pɹɪˈpɛns/ To deliberate beforehand. submit you to high prouidence, / And euer in your noble hart prepense, / That all the sorrow in the world… …   Wiktionary

  • prepense — [prɪ pɛns] adjective [usu. postposition] chiefly Law, dated deliberate; intentional. Derivatives prepensely adverb Origin C18: alt. of prepensed, past participle of obs. prepense, from OFr. purpenser, from por beforehand + penser think …   English new terms dictionary

  • prepense — /pri pens /, adj. planned or intended in advance; premeditated. [1695 1705; PRE + pense < L pensus, ptp. of pendere to weigh, consider; see PENSIVE] * * * …   Universalium

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