preproduction

noun
pre·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌprē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce preproduction (audio) , -prō-\
variants: or less commonly pre-production

Definition of preproduction

: the process of planning or designing something (such as a product or film) prior to production test-driving cars in preproduction visited possible filming sites during preproduction often used before another noun a preproduction prototypepreproduction meetings with the director

First Known Use of preproduction

1947, in the meaning defined above

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