Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Preconscious adjective Of or pertaining to a state before consciousness.

Preconsent noun A previous consent.

Preconsign transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Preconsigned ; present participle & verbal noun Preconsigning .] To consign beforehand; to make a previous consignment of.

Preconsolidated adjective Consolidated beforehand.

Preconstitute transitive verb To constitute or establish beforehand.

Precontract transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Precontracted ; present participle & verbal noun Precontracting .] To contract, engage, or stipulate previously.

Precontract intransitive verb To make a previous contract or agreement. Ayliffe.

Precontract noun A contract preceding another ; especially (Law) , a contract of marriage which, according to the ancient law, rendered void a subsequent marriage solemnized in violation of it. Abbott.

Precontrive transitive verb & i. To contrive or plan beforehand.

Precoracoid noun (Anat.) The anterior part of the coracoid (often closely united with the clavicle) in the shoulder girdle of many reptiles and amphibians.

Precordial adjective [ Prefix pre- + Latin cor , cordis , heart: confer French précordial .] (Anat.) Situated in front of the heart; of or pertaining to the præcordia.

Precrural adjective (Anat.) Situated in front of the leg or thigh; as, the precrural glands of the horse.

Precurrer noun A precursor. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Precurse noun [ Latin praecursus .] A forerunning. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Precursive adjective Preceding; introductory; precursory. "A deep precursive sound." Coleridge.

Precursor noun [ Latin praecursor , from praecurrere to run before; prae before + currere to run. See Course .] One who, or that which, precedes an event, and indicates its approach; a forerunner; a harbinger.

Evil thoughts are the invisible, airy precursors of all the storms and tempests of the soul.

Syn. -- Predecessor; forerunner; harbinger; messenger; omen; sign.

Precursorship noun The position or condition of a precursor. Ruskin.

Precursory adjective [ Latin praecursorius .] Preceding as a precursor or harbinger; indicating something to follow; as, precursory symptoms of a fever.

Precursory noun An introduction. [ Obsolete]

Predacean noun [ Latin praeda prey.] (Zoology) A carnivorous animal. Kirby.

Predaceous adjective [ Latin praeda prey. See Prey .] Living by prey; predatory. Derham.

Predal adjective [ Latin praeda prey.] Of or pertaining to prey; plundering; predatory. [ R.] Boyse.

Predate transitive verb To date anticipation; to affix to (a document) an earlier than the actual date; to antedate; as, a predated deed or letter.

Predation noun [ Latin praedatio , from praedari to plunder.] The act of pillaging. E. Hall.

Predatorily adverb In a predatory manner.

Predatory adjective [ Latin praedatorius , from praedari to plunder, from praeda prey. See Prey .]
1. Characterized by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party. "A predatory war." Macaulay.

2. Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. [ Obsolete]

Exercise . . . maketh the spirits more hot and predatory .

3. (Zoology) Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous.

Prede intransitive verb [ Latin praedari . See Prey .] To prey; to plunder. [ Obsolete] Holinshed.

Prede noun Prey; plunder; booty. [ Obsolete] Holinshed.

Predecay noun Premature decay.

Predecease transitive verb To die sooner than. "If children predecease progenitors." Shak.

Predecease noun The death of one person or thing before another. [ R.] Brougham.

Predecessive adjective Going before; preceding. "Our predecessive students." Massinger.

Predecessor noun [ Latin praedecessor ; prae before + decessor one who withdraws from the province he has governed, a retiring officer (with reference to his successor), a predecessor, from decedere : confer French prédécesseur . See Decease .] One who precedes; one who has preceded another in any state, position, office, etc.; one whom another follows or comes after, in any office or position.

A prince who was as watchful as his predecessor had been over the interests of the state.

Predeclare transitive verb To declare or announce beforehand; to preannounce. Milman.

Prededication noun A dedication made previously or beforehand.

Predefine transitive verb To define beforehand.

Predeliberation noun Previous deliberation.

Predelineation noun Previous delineation.

Predella noun [ Italian ] The step, or raised secondary part, of an altar; a superaltar; hence, in Italian painting, a band or frieze of several pictures running along the front of a superaltar, or forming a border or frame at the foot of an altarpiece.

Predesign transitive verb To design or purpose beforehand; to predetermine. Mitford.

Predesignate adjective (Logic) A term used by Sir William Hamilton to define propositions having their quantity indicated by a verbal sign; as, all , none , etc.; -- contrasted with preindesignate , defining propositions of which the quantity is not so indicated.

Predestinarian adjective Of or pertaining to predestination; as, the predestinarian controversy. Waterland.

Predestinarian noun One who believes in or supports the doctrine of predestination. Dr. H. More.

Predestinarianism noun The system or doctrine of the predestinarians.

Predestinary adjective Predestinarian. [ Obsolete] Heylin.

Predestinate adjective [ Latin praedestinatus , past participle of praedestinare to predestine; prae before + destinare to determine. See Destine .] Predestinated; foreordained; fated. "A predestinate scratched face." Shak.

Predestinate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Predestinated ; present participle & verbal noun Predestinating .] [ Confer Predestine .] To predetermine or foreordain; to appoint or ordain beforehand by an unchangeable purpose or decree; to preëlect.

Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.
Rom. viii. 29.

Syn. -- To predetermine; foreordain; preordain; decree; predestine; foredoom.

Predestination noun [ Latin praedestinatio : confer French prédestination .]
1. The act of predestinating.

Predestination had overruled their will.

2. (Theol.) The purpose of Good from eternity respecting all events; especially, the preordination of men to everlasting happiness or misery. See Calvinism .

Predestinative adjective Determining beforehand; predestinating. [ R.] Coleridge.

Predestinator noun [ Confer French prédestinateur .]
1. One who predestinates, or foreordains.

2. One who holds to the doctrine of predestination; a predestinarian. Cowley.