a prefix, meaning “beyond,” “more than,” “by,” “past,” occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (preterit), and used in the formation of compound words (preterlegal).

Nearby words

  1. pretender,
  2. pretense,
  3. pretension,
  4. pretensive,
  5. pretentious,
  6. preterhuman,
  7. preterist,
  8. preterit,
  9. preterite,
  10. preterition

Origin of preter-

< Latin praeter-, prefixal use of praeter (adv. and preposition); akin to pre- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for preter-



beyond, more than, or exceedingpreternatural

Word Origin for preter-

from Latin praeter-, from praeter

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Word Origin and History for preter-


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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