pre·​struc·​ture ˌprē-ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce prestructure (audio)
variants or pre-structure
prestructured or pre-structured; prestructuring or pre-structuring

transitive verb

: to make (something) into or provide (something) with a structure in advance
… how much you should attempt to prestructure your methods …Joseph A. Maxwell
Some songs are prestructured, but the content is improvised …Elizabeth Bowers
… the theoretical model one chooses inevitably prestructures the terms of the debate …Monika Fludernik

Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prestructure was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Prestructure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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