pre·​doc·​tor·​al (ˌ)prē-ˈdäk-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce predoctoral (audio)
: of, relating to, or engaged in academic study leading to the doctoral degree

Examples of predoctoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the number of predoctoral students funded by NIH fellowships has increased steadily since 1998. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 Who ate what? Dirley Cortés is a PhD candidate at the Redpath Museum of McGill University, a predoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and a researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones Paleontológicas(CIP). Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 23 Mar. 2023 In a press release issued late Tuesday, the Kansas City authorities handling the investigation into the killings of predoctoral researchers Camila Behrensen and Pablo Guzmán Palma asked that midtown residents who live along Oak Street and have home video surveillance systems, to call them. Chris Harris, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 In 2018, the department secured funding for a predoctoral fellowship to help a student with less exposure to Latin and Greek enter the Ph.D. program. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of predoctoral was in 1937

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“Predoctoral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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