pre-, prae-

(Latin: before [both in time and place])

The prefix prae- can actually be substituted for pre- because both of them are different spellings for the same prefix meaning "before".

prefer (verb), prefers; preferred; preferring
To value or to choose one thing over something else: Joan decided she'd prefer chocolate pie instead of cookies.

The broker at the bank, Mr. Smith, consistently prefers investment certificates rather than savings accounts.

preferable (adjective), more preferable, most preferable
Descriptive of something that is valued above other things; of something that is superior to something else: Cora decided it was a preferable travel choice to go by train than by bus because it took less time.
preference (s) (noun), preferences (pl)
A liking of something or a predisposition to have a favorite choice: As a farmer, Charlie showed a preference for raising prize-winning chickens as opposed to raising cattle.
prefix (verb), prefixes; prefixed; prefixing
1. To put or to attach something before or in front of another element: When Joe Rogers completed his medical training, he was allowed to prefix his name as "Dr. Joe Rogers".

The author wrote a preface which was prefixed at the beginning of his book.

2. To settle or to arrange in advance: The manager of the store in New York made sure his employees prefixed the items with the correct $ amount and the ¢ suffix when it was applicable; for example, a shirt was on sale for $5.50¢ (5 dollars and 50 cents).
3. In grammar and vocabulary, to add part of a word to the front of another a word: To prefix dis in front of "believe" results in "disbelieve".
preflight
prefulgency (s) (noun), prefulgencies (pl)
A greater or a superior brightness.
pregnancy
pregnant
prehensibility (s) (noun), prehensibilities (pl)
The ability or the act of taking hold of something firmly with the hands or other parts of the body: Elephants have the prehensibility of using their trunks and monkeys also have it by utilizing their tails.
prehensible (adjective), more prehensible, most prehensible
Characteristic of a creature or a human who is able to seize and to grasp something: In order for animals or people to be prehensible, they must have and use their hands.
prehensile (adjective), more prehensile, most prehensile
Descriptive of animals or people who are capable of grabbing or holding something by wrapping around it: Elephants have prehensile trunks that they use to grasp and to feed themselves by holding on to whatever it is that they want to eat.
Adapted for seizing and holding something.
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prehension (s) (noun), prehensions (pl)
The act of grasping, taking hold, or gripping something; especially, with the hands: Mary was in the kitchen cooking dinner where she had a lot of prehensions to perform before the meal would be ready for consumption by her family.

Many monkeys also use their tails as prehensions when climbing in trees, etc.

pre-hexameral
Before the Creation.
prehistoric
A reference to any period for which there is no documentary evidence and the study of cultures before written history or of more recent cultures lacking formal historical records.
prehistorical
A term that refers to prehistory which differs from history in dealing with the activities of a society or culture, not of the individual; it is restricted to the material evidence that has survived.

Related before-word units: ante-; antero-; anti-; pro-.

Related "time" units: aevum, evum; archaeo-, archeo-; Calendars; chrono-; horo-; Quotes: Time; tempo-.