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verb (used with object)
  1. to select in advance; choose beforehand.

Origin of preselect

First recorded in 1860–65; pre- + select
Related formspre·se·lec·tion, noun
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  • In practice, all candidates are preselected, and the meetings simply confirm the Party choice.

  • It was a shaken group of scientists that moved off in their jeeps to the preselected stations.

    The Flaming Mountain

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • The so-called election of the Central Committee is, in fact, a ratification of preselected members.

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    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

Word Origin and History for preselected



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

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