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Occurring or placed before another word.
A word or particle occurring or placed before another word.

[Late Latin praepositīvus, from Latin praepositus, past participle of praepōnere, to put in front; see preposition1.]

pre·pos′i·tive·ly adv.
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(Grammar) (of a word or speech element) placed before the word governed or modified
(Grammar) a prepositive element
preˈpositively adv
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(priˈpɒz ɪ tɪv)
(of a word, particle, or affix) placed before a word to modify it or to show its relation to other parts of the sentence.
pre•pos′i•tive•ly, adv.
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"[W]hen there is a straightforward, parallel construction that ivolves all nouns or verbs in a series, a prepositive or postpositive modifier normally applies to the entire series." SCALIA & GARNER, supra note 40, at 147.
According to the origin ancient verbal prefixes bi-, gi-; int-, ant-; ar-, ur-; far-, fir-; zi (r)-, za (r)-, zur- come from prepositive verbal adverbs, for the most part, locative semantics.
This should be attributed by the more prepositive pixels in 2U sector radii of OAP-II.
Note this algorithm can be viewed as a prepositive algorithm of UndeniableProof, which is usually invoked before the latter generating a final public evidence.
Prepositive and the subsequent state of the service S in figure are respectively pre and post library, [[mu].sub.n] represents the service S makes iterative operation, the operating times is n.
This paper discusses failures of these unconstructive curriculum systems from the view of cognitive learning and points out that just because of the lags in BICS [basic interpersonal communication skills] and CALP [cognitive academic language proficiency] of students in non-key universities, metacognitive process should be substantially considered and completely integrated in construction of bilingual curriculum system including aspects of bilingual allocation, subject design, bilingual arrangement and prepositive training.
Then, 0.1PV of prepositive N2 protection slug, 0.2PV of ethylene diamine slug (0.1mL/min), and 0.1 PV of postpositive [N.sub.2] protection slug were injected one by one, and after that, C[O.sub.2] was injected continuously.