precancel

[ pree-kan-suh l ]
/ priˈkæn səl /
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.

noun

a precanceled stamp.

Nearby words

  1. preboard,
  2. prebuttal,
  3. prec.,
  4. precalculus,
  5. precambrian,
  6. precancer,
  7. precancerous,
  8. precapillary,
  9. precariat,
  10. precarious

Origin of precancel

First recorded in 1920–25; pre- + cancel

Related formspre·can·cel·la·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for precancel

precancel

/ (priːˈkænsəl) /

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

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

noun

a precancelled stamp
Derived Formsprecancellation, noun

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