Definition of pre-examination in US English:

pre-examination

noun

  • The action of examining beforehand; an instance of this, a previous or prior examination.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Chillingworth (1602–1644), theologian. From pre- + examination.

Pronunciation

pre-examination

/ˌpriːɪɡˌzamɪˈneɪʃn/