a prefix, meaning “beyond,” “more than,” “by,” “past,” occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (preterit), and used in the formation of compound words (preterlegal).
Origin of preter-
< Latin praeter-, prefixal use of praeter (adv. and preposition); akin to pre-
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beyond, more than, or exceedingpreternatural
Word Origin for preter-
from Latin praeter-, from praeter
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also praeter-, word-forming element meaning "beyond," from Latin praeter (adverb and preposition) "beyond, before, above, more than," properly comparative of prae "before" (see pre-).
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