Definitions

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  • prep. Before (something significant).

Etymologies

From Latin prae ("in front of"), see pre- (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bush-Cheney propagandists have been successful in being able to make the term pre-emptive war stick when in reality the issue is that of preventive war, which is clearly illegal under international law.

    Should the World Bring Bush and Cheney to Trial?

  • I'm a Spider-Man fan but let's not kid ourselves, Spider-Man 3 only achieved the title pre-TDK because of the quality of Spider-Man 2 coupled with the hype over Venom.

    Box Office: New Moon Fails to Surpass The Dark Knight’s Opening Weekend | /Film

  • You've heard of the term pre-existing condition, but it may surprise you just how often it is used to deny people coverage.

    CNN Transcript Mar 11, 2009

  • Palin understood the term pre-condition in negotiations.

    Palin in 2012: The argument

  • The term pre-condition is one that probably most intelligent high school students could discuss simply understand language, and certainly, someone with a reasonable college education should get it.

    Palin in 2012: The argument

  • The term pre-caval vein is sometimes used for superior cava.

    Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata

  • It turns out, the term pre-existing condition can apply the moment someone is born.

    Emaxhealth

  • When most of us hear the term pre-organic, we can probably imagine happy sheep strolling through lush pastures with babbling brooks and chirping birds -- wool that comes from a place untouched by the hands of toxic chemicals and substances.

    Energy Bulletin -

  • (The term pre-IDE is something of a misnomer, because virtually all of these meetings occur without the company submitting an IDE.)

    GEN News Highlights

  • Smarter than Bill Clinton who would have had my vote for this title pre-Obama.

    "Hot Tub Time Machine" (2010) and Obama

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