preoperational

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pre- +‎ operational

Adjective[edit]

preoperational (not comparable)

  1. Prior to a surgical operation.
    preoperational anxiety
  2. In or relating to a Piagetian phase of child development characterized by sparse and logically inadequate mental operations and inability to reason or work with symbols.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (prior to surgery): preop
  • (in or relating to early stage of child's mental development): preoperatory