precrime

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pre- +‎ crime

Adjective[edit]

precrime (not comparable)

  1. Before a crime.
    • 1995, Robert K. Ressler, Ann Wolbert Burgess, John E. Douglas, Sexual homicide: patterns and motives (page 65)
      The precrime actions of the murderers in the days and hours before they killed provide clues to their mental states at the time of the murders.