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[pree-si-lekt] /ˌpri sɪˈlɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to select in advance; choose beforehand.
Origin of preselect
First recorded in 1860-65; pre- + select
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preselection, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The so-called election of the Central Committee is, in fact, a ratification of preselected members.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • In practice, all candidates are preselected, and the meetings simply confirm the Party choice.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • It was a shaken group of scientists that moved off in their jeeps to the preselected stations.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
Word Origin and History for preselected



also pre-select, 1856, from pre- + select (v.). Related: Preselected; preselecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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