1530s, from Late Latin praeteritum perfectum "complete past;" see preter- + perfect (adj.). Related: Preterpluperfect.

Nearby words

  1. preterm,
  2. preterm infant,
  3. pretermission,
  4. pretermit,
  5. preternatural,
  6. pretest,
  7. pretext,
  8. pretexta,
  9. pretexting,
  10. pretibial fever

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for preterperfect

  • Words that double the first syllable of the preterperfect tense have the first syllable short—as ccd from cd, &c.

  • The preterperfect tense expresses a thing lately done, but now ended.