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pre- +‎ nomination


prenomination (plural prenominations)

  1. The act of prenominating.
  2. The privilege of being named first.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Thomas Browne to this entry?) Moreover if we concede, that the animals of one Element, might bear the names of those in the other, yet in strict reason the watery productions should have the prenomination: and they of the land rather derive their names, then nominate those of the Sea. That all Animals of the Land, are in their kind in the Sea. Chap. XXIV. Sir Thomas Browne (1646; 6th ed., 1672) Pseudodoxia Epidemica III.xxiv (pp. 187-188)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for prenomination in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)