pre·​ter·​mi·​na·​tion ˌprē-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce pretermination (audio)
variants or pre-termination
: before termination of something (such as a service or contract)
received a pretermination notice from the electric company
especially : occurring before someone is fired or dismissed from a job
a pretermination hearing

Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pretermination was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Pretermination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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