preclear

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verb pre·clear \ (ˌ)prē-ˈklir \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of preclear

transitive verb
:to give prior approval or permission to or for (something or someone) : to clear (something or someone) in advance
  • preclear goods for import
  • The ability to preclear passengers would make an expansion to year-round service more feasible, said Porter Air President Bob Deluce.
  • Associated Press
  • Under the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination … must "preclear" with the Justice Department any changes that may affect minority power at the polls.
  • —John Gibeaut

First Known Use of preclear

1953


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