Power Prefix: pre-

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  1. precaution
    a measure taken in advance to ward off impending danger
    Before stepping from the passage between the buildings, I took the precaution of looking up and down the passageway to see if I was being observed.Crispin: The Cross of Lead
  2. precedent
    an example that is used to justify similar occurrences
    The Parliamentarian considered and said, “Since there is no precedent for the treatment of a double apprenticeship, there are no rules as to how it should be dealt with. The proposal is within our guidelines.”Scythe
  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 goes before you in time
    While he was obviously not a progressive man, he was courteous and reasonable, in marked contrast to his predecessor.Long Walk to Freedom
  5. prefix
    an affix that is added in front of the word
    Here the prefix in is for emphasis, as in words like incinerate, incoming and intense.Woe Is I
  6. prejudice
    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
    The movie was about hypocrisy in our society and people’s prejudice.The Freedom Writers Diary
  7. premeditated
    characterized by deliberate purpose and a degree of planning
    The most effective off- the-cuff speeches are premeditated, and the best premeditated speeches appear off the cuff.Words Like Loaded Pistols
  8. premonition
    an early warning about a future event
    He took off the Ring, moved it may be by some deep premonition of danger, though to himself he thought only that he wished to see more clearly.The Return of the King
  9. prerequisite
    something that is needed or obligatory in advance
    A degree in English language is not a prerequisite for caring about where a bracket is preferred to a dash, or a comma needs to be replaced by a semicolon.Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  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)
Created on September 28, 2012 (updated August 20, 2019)

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