, preplanning, prerecorded, etc. Almost always redundant: "A lot of headaches can be avoided with a little careful preplanning" (Chicago Tribune). All planning must be done in advance. Preadds nothing to its meaning and should be deleted, as it should have been in these examples: "There are, however, three preconditions to be met before negotiations can begin" (Guardian); "The company’s music performance reflected both the volatility and opportunities for growth in the worldwide market for prerecorded music" (advertisement in the Economist).

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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