preformulate

verb
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

Definition of preformulate

transitive verb

: to formulate (something) in advance preformulating her responses for the debate

Other Words from preformulate

preformulated or pre-formulated adjective
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

First Known Use of preformulate

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Preformulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preformulate. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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