prespecify

verb
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

Definition of prespecify

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

Other Words from prespecify

prespecified or pre-specified adjective
applicants who meet prespecified criteria failed to reach the prespecified number/amount System updates occur at prespecified times.

First Known Use of prespecify

1640, in the meaning defined above

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“Prespecify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prespecify. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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