pre·​for·​mu·​late ˌprē-ˈfȯr-myə-ˌlāt How to pronounce preformulate (audio)
variants or pre-formulate
preformulated or pre-formulated; preformulating or pre-formulating

transitive verb

: to formulate (something) in advance
preformulating her responses for the debate
preformulated adjective
or pre-formulated
preformulated medicines
a preformulated plan
Her stories come from the characters and ideas rather than a preformulated notion of where the plot will end up. Paul Kalina

Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preformulate was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Preformulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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