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Aforethought means planned out or premeditated. The word is most commonly used as part of the phrase malice aforethought. This is a legal term that means you’re going to be spending a hell of a lot of time in jail if you’re convicted of murder (or be put to death if they do that where you’re convicted.

If you killed someone with malice aforethought it means it was a premeditated murder. The justice system tends to frown on that. That having been said, I strongly advise against murdering anyone irrespective of whether you plan it in advance or not.

Legitimate self-defense is a whole different issue. However, I’ve already strayed further from the word aforethought than I should have. So this finishes the aforethought entry.

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