[pree-kan-suh l]Philately.

verb (used with object), pre·can·celed, pre·can·cel·ing or (especially British) pre·can·celled, pre·can·cel·ling.

to cancel (a stamp) before placing it on a piece of postal matter.


a precanceled stamp.

Origin of precancel

First recorded in 1920–25; pre- + cancel
Related formspre·can·cel·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for precancel


verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed

(tr) to cancel (postage stamps) before placing them on mail


a precancelled stamp
Derived Formsprecancellation, noun
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