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Definition of the adjective aforethought

What does aforethought mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. with planning and intention
    • example: with malice aforethought
    • adjective position: immediately postnominal adjective (it occurs immediately after the noun)
    • synonyms of aforethought: planned / plotted
    • similar: premeditated

Alternative definition of the adjective aforethought


  1. Premeditated; planned ahead of time.

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Google previewThe Kentucky Judicial Dictionary (1916)

Being a Compilation of All Words, Phrases and Maxims which Have Been Defined, Construed, Interpreted Or Applied in Reported Kentucky Cases, and in Kentucky Constitution, Statutes and Codes of Practice by Fred P. Caldwell

MALICE AFORETHOUGHT.— The phrase "malice aforethought" means a predetermination to do the act of killing without legal excuse, and it is immaterial how suddenly or recently before the killing such determination was formed.

Google previewA Dictionary of Law (2009)

by Elizabeth A. Martin

malice aforethought The*mensrea (stateofmind) requiredfora person tobeguilty of murder. Itisunnecessary for theretobe any element ofhostility (See MALICE ) orforthe intention to ...

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

malice with malice aforethought with the intention of ...

Google previewDictionary of Legal Terms, 5th edition

by Steven H. Gifis

MALICE AFORETHOUGHT the distinguishing state of mind that may render an unlawful homicide murder at common law.

Google previewNolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary (2009)

by Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Hill

Murder requires proof of malicious intent, and first-degree murder requires “ malice aforethought.” 2) in a defamation lawsuit (libel or slander), the jury's finding that the defendant acted with malice may increase the plaintiff's damages. in order ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2007)

by Graham Gooch, Michael Williams

malice aforethought 238 Malice is also relevant to liability for *conspiracy to injure someone. malice aforethought The *mens rea (state of mind) required for a person to be *guilty of *murder. It is unnecessary for there to be any element of ...

Google previewA Law Dictionary (1839)

Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and of the Several States of the American Union : with References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law by John Bouvier, Robert Kelham

Malice aforethought is deliberate premeditation. Vide Afmeghoug/lg, MALICE, torts, is the doing any act without a just cause, This necessarily mean what must proceed from a spiteful, malignant, or revcngcful disposition, but a conduct injurious ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law and Practice (1910)

---The decisions are in some conflict with regard to whether the words " premeditatedly ” or " with malice aforethought ” must be used as descriptive of the intent in indictments for assault with intent to murder; as a general rule it is held that ...

Google previewThe Virginia and West Virginia Judicial Dictionary-digest (1922)

Words and Phrases. Being a Compilation of All Words, Phrases and Maxims which Have Been Defined, Construed, Interpreted Or Applied in Virginia and West Virginia Cases and in the Codes of Those States, Combined with a Digest of Virginia and West Virginia Cases and Principles of Law as Therein Applied by Fred P. Caldwell

Who- ever kills a human being with malice aforethought is guilty of murder. McCue v. Commonwealth, 103 Va.

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1896)

by David Shephard Garland, James Cockcroft, Lucius Polk McGehee, Charles Porterfield

AFORETHOUGHT.—. Premeditated,. or. thought. of. before.*. AFOUL.—. See. note. 3. AFRICAN.— See NEGRO; MULATTO; COLORED PERSONS; and the titles Slavery. all the right to redeem which J. S. had at the "time aforesaid." It was held ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Words and Phrases Used in Ancient and Modern Law (2000)

by Arthur English

Aforethought. Premeditated; prepense. Aforethought, malice. See MALICE AFORETHOUGHT. African. A negro. After. Succeeding; subsequent; exclusive of; subject to.

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Scrabble value of A1F4O1R1E1T1H4O1U1G2H4T1

The value of this 12-letter word is 22 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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