from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or taking place in the time before a primary election: preprimary conventions.

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  • adj. Pertaining to, or taking place in the time before a primary election.


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  • In 1999, enrollment rates of children ages 3 to 5 in preprimary education were lower in the United States than in France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

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  • In contrast, 16 percent of the students, on average, reported reading informational materials on a daily basis there was a positive relationship between fourth-grade students 'reading achievement, on average, and the amount of time spent in preprimary education.

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  • During the same period while White children saw increases in "preprimary" enrollment of about 3 percent,


  • According to parents 'reports, 81 percent of the students, on average, had attended more than 1 year of preprimary education, although there was considerable variation from country to country.

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  • Far more curious, in the year of preprimary campaigning, was the unwillingness on the part of everyone except the bumper-sticker louts and right-wing windbags to address the thing that made Hillary different from the rest of the presidential candidates.

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  • First, in order for there to be a Bradley effect, the preprimary poll numbers would have to underestimate Clinton's ultimate margin of victory.

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  • The authors looked back at nearly half a century of preprimary polling and found that early Republican front-runners are usually safe bets: In seven open GOP contests, the early leaders (the candidates who drew the strongest support in national polls taken more than a year before the general election) won the nomination six times.

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  • Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, CNN's last preprimary poll put Giuliani a distant third, with 14 percent.

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  • After speculation began that Florida might consider moving its primary to January 29th, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson gushed to the Palm Beach Post about the possibility of preprimary candidate forums in Florida; he expected, according to the Post, that the "lure of the delegate-rich early Florida primary" would help convince candidates to attend.

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  • In the preprimary season of 1999, Al Gore found his groove as a relentless attacker.

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