pretest

noun pre·test \ ˈprē-ˌtest \
Updated on: 5 Mar 2018

Definition of pretest

: a preliminary test: such as
a : a test of the effectiveness or safety of a product prior to its sale
b : a test to evaluate the preparedness of students for further studies

pretest

play \(ˌ)prē-ˈtest\ transitive verb

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First Known Use of pretest

1923

in the meaning defined above

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pretest

noun pre·test \ ˈprē-ˌtest \

medical Definition of pretest

: a preliminary test; especially : a test of the effectiveness or safety of a product (as a drug) prior to its sale

2

pretest

transitive verb pre·test \ ˌprē-ˈtest \

medical Definition of pretest

: to subject to a pretest
  • pretested drugs
: to perform a pretest

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