pre·​em·​ploy·​ment ˌprē-im-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce preemployment (audio)
variants or pre-employment
: existing or occurring before employment
The preemployment training lasted three weeks, and men and women with previous experience received fifty cents per hour.Mary Martha Thomas

Examples of preemployment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senior city staff, such as department and agency heads, also would be subject to preemployment testing. Emily Opilo,, 15 Dec. 2021 Productions were allowed to end preemployment testing for employees in certain groups who aren’t in the proximity of actors. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2023 Geller said the agency conducted a preemployment polygraph, though it’s not known what that might have found. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2022 Baltimore’s spending board agreed Wednesday to eliminate preemployment drug testing for applicants for many city jobs. Emily Opilo,, 15 Dec. 2021 Public Safety Psychological Services, a private contractor that conducts preemployment screenings for law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel, took over Monday. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 8 Nov. 2021 The city government is going to continue to identify other programs to help young people access job opportunities through preemployment training and other needs, Harper said. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preemployment was in 1927

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“Preemployment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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