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

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    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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