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preemptive of, relating to, or granted by preemption. [2 definitions]
preen to trim and clean (feathers), as a bird does. [5 definitions]
preenrollment combined form of enrollment.
preestablish combined form of establish.
preethical combined form of ethical.
preexist to exist before. [3 definitions]
preexperiment combined form of experiment.
pref. abbreviation of "prefix," an affix added to the beginning of a word to alter its meaning and create a new word, such as "anti-" in "antiestablishment." [2 definitions]
prefab prefabricated. [3 definitions]
prefabricate to fabricate or manufacture beforehand. [2 definitions]
preface an introduction to a book or other written text that gives information esp. about the author or work. [5 definitions]
prefascist combined form of fascist.
prefatory of, relating to, or serving as an introduction or preface; preliminary.
prefect any of various officials appointed to high civil or military administrative or judicial posts in France, Italy, or ancient Rome. [3 definitions]
prefecture the office, authority, territory, or official residence of a prefect. [2 definitions]
prefer to consider more desirable than something else. [3 definitions]
preferable worthy of being most desired or preferred. [2 definitions]
preference a person or thing that is preferred. [3 definitions]
preferential marked by, obtaining, or having preference.
preferment the act of promoting or being promoted to a higher position or office. [2 definitions]
preferred stock that portion of a corporation's stock on which dividends must be paid first, before common stock, and which usu. has priority in distribution of assets in the event the corporation liquidates.