Power Prefix #6: pre- 10 words

Learn these words beginning with the power prefix "pre-" (meaning "before").
More Power Prefix lists:
anti-, con-, fore-, inter-, mis-, sub-, super-, trans-, and uni-!
ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."
  1. precaution
    a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
    I have to take extra health precautions, like wearing gloves when I clean up after him and washing my hands thoroughly.
    New York Times (Sep 27, 2012)
  2. precedent
    an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
    "There's no precedent for this in recorded seismic history," he notes.
    Science Magazine (Sep 26, 2012)
  3. preclude
    make impossible, especially beforehand
    He missed two games with a sore lower back, a minor injury that precluded him from taking batting practice for days.
    Washington Post (Jul 27, 2012)
  4. predecessor
    one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
    Using more colorful language, Obama’s Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, made similar points at a rally in Parma, Ohio.
    Washington Post (Oct 18, 2012)
  5. prefix
    an affix that is added in front of the word
    The linemen even ride their own minibus to games, which makes the prefix "mini" seem totally inappropriate.
    Seattle Times (Dec 3, 2010)
  6. prejudice
    influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
    Surely any judicial inquiry would at best delay any criminal prosecution and, at worst, could prejudice any such future prosecution.
    The Guardian (Jul 5, 2012)
  7. premeditated
    characterized by deliberate purpose and some degree of planning
    Judge Parry said the defendant had no mental disorder and his offences were premeditated and planned.
    BBC (Sep 5, 2012)
  8. premonition
    an early warning about a future event
    Spotted Deer was filled with gloomy premonitions of impending disaster.
    Gregor, Elmer
  9. prerequisite
    something that is required in advance
    "In some cases, an advanced degree is a prerequisite for promotion."
    Time (Sep 20, 2011)
  10. prescient
    perceiving the significance of events before they occur
    According to prescient predictions made by Austrian scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1923, honeybee colonies are collapsing right on schedule.
    Seattle Times (Mar 3, 2011)