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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for preterperfect

Historical Examples of preterperfect

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

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