Power Prefix #6: pre- – 10 Words

precaution

a measure taken in advance to ward off impending danger

I have to take extra health precautions, like wearing gloves when I clean up after him and washing my hands thoroughly.
precedent

an example that is used to justify similar occurrences

“There’s no precedent for this in recorded seismic history,” he notes.
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)
predecessor

one who precedes you in time

Using more colorful language, Obama’s Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, made similar points at a rally in Parma, Ohio.
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)
prejudice

influence someone’s opinion in advance

Surely any judicial inquiry would at best delay any criminal prosecution and, at worst, could prejudice any such future prosecution.
premeditated

characterized by deliberate purpose and a degree of planning

Judge Parry said the defendant had no mental disorder and his offences were premeditated and planned.
premonition

an early warning about a future event

Spotted Deer was filled with gloomy premonitions of impending disaster.Gregor, Elmer
prerequisite

something that is needed or obligatory in advance

“In some cases, an advanced degree is a prerequisite for promotion.”
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)

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