pre·​spec·​i·​fy ˌprē-ˈspe-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce prespecify (audio)
variants or pre-specify
prespecified or pre-specified; prespecifying or pre-specifying

transitive verb

: to specify (something) in advance
An analogy might be a car driving on a road. A classical non-adaptive design prespecifies the route the driver must take. There can be no detour.Richard Chin
prespecified adjective
or pre-specified
applicants who meet prespecified criteria
failed to reach the prespecified number/amount
System updates occur at prespecified times.

Word History

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prespecify was in 1640

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Cite this Entry

“Prespecify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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