n. - accuracy.
- degree of refinement in measurement etc.
- (attrib.) Marked by or adapted for precision (precision instruments).
n. - a forerunner. B person who precedes in office etc.
- harbinger. [latin praecurro -curs- run before]
adj. - (of an animal) preying naturally upon others.
- plundering or exploiting others.
hist. —adj. (of a religious order) engaged in preaching. —n. Predicant person, esp. A dominican. [latin: related to *predicate]
—v. - (also absol.) Assert (something) about the subject of a proposition.
- (foll. By on) found or base (a statement etc.) On. —n. Gram. & logic what is said about the subject of a sentence or proposition etc. (e.g. Went home in john went home). predicable adj. Predication n. [latin praedico -dicat- declare]
n. (pl. -s) potential human embryo in the first fourteen days after fertilization.
v. Formal (-ring) represent or imagine beforehand.
—n. - a preconceived opinion. B (foll. By against, in favour of) bias, partiality.
- harm that results or may result from some action or judgement (to the prejudice of). —v.
adj. - a occurring or done before the usual or proper time (a premature decision). B too hasty.
- (of a baby) born (esp. Three or more weeks) before the end of gestation. prematurely adv. [latin: related to *pre-, *mature]
v. (-ies, -ied) 1 (of a thought etc.) Dominate the mind of (a person) to the exclusion of all else.
- (as preoccupied adj.) Otherwise engrossed; mentally distracted. preoccupation n. [latin praeoccupo seize beforehand]