In criminal law, deliberate; planned; premeditated; prepense. As used in the definition of murder in the first degree, means thought of beforehand and for any length of time, however short, before the doing of the act, and is synonymous with premeditation.
See malice aforethought

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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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 — A*fore thought , a. Premeditated; prepense; previously in mind; designed; as, malice aforethought, which is required to constitute murder. Bouvier. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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  • 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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