Definition of preplan in US English:



[with object]usually as adjective preplanned
  • Plan in advance.

    ‘a preplanned route’
    • ‘The report says that the incident was pre-planned, based on information given by a railway employee.’
    • ‘He added the defendant, who had been living apart from his wife for some time, had not pre-planned the fraud and afterwards admitted he was ‘crazy’ to have done it.’
    • ‘You can see these patterns develop in Scotland's play and, when these pre-planned drills creep in, the players appear to lose their concentration and composure.’
    • ‘Mr Whyman said initial investigations suggested the violence, in which a chemist's shop was looted and set on fire, did not appear to be pre-planned.’
    • ‘She can handle just about any form of behaviour within an intimate relationship, so long as it is pre-planned, pre-agreed and regulated.’
    • ‘It's believed their disappearance had been pre-planned.’
    • ‘Instead, he railed against the ‘calculated, pre-planned wickedness’ of the boys.’
    • ‘‘Certainly we are very confident that the attack was pre-planned - there is no question about that,’ he said.’
    • ‘There was also evidence that I had already arranged to go fishing the following morning, so it was not like there was some pre-planned wilful murder as the Crown alleged.’
    • ‘A jury at Leeds Crown Court has heard that the attackers had pre-planned the fight as a revenge attack and had gathered together various weapons.’
    • ‘In the evening, they gather at some pre-planned venue, usually the middle of a village, collect the people living nearby and perform for two to three hours.’
    • ‘The schemes for each room evolved, rather than being pre-planned on paper.’
    • ‘What happened, allegedly, was that these writers never pre-planned their novels: they simply sat down at their desks and embarked on the great adventure of writing fiction.’
    • ‘The yard says it was a pre-planned, ongoing intelligence-led operation.’
    • ‘The majority seemed to think the whole thing was a pre-planned publicity stunt.’
    • ‘Everything must be pre-planned, controlled, decided in advance in accord with our vision of how it should be.’
    • ‘Safety and security of supply demand that they operate to stringent standards and create a mindset that is preconditioned towards conformity and pre-planned behaviour.’
    deliberate, calculated, conscious, done on purpose, intended, planned, meant, considered, studied, knowing, wilful, wanton, purposeful, purposive, purposed, premeditated, pre-planned, thought out in advance, prearranged, preconceived, predetermined
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