I. \\ˈprēˌtest\ noun
Etymology: pre- + test
: a preliminary test serving for exploration rather than evaluation: as
a. : a test given to a class to determine readiness for the material about to be taught
b. : a test given to make students aware of their own needs and prepare them for a final and decisive test
c. : a field trial of those techniques (as questionnaires, interviews, schedules) commonly used in testing the public in order to determine their efficiency as instruments of research

a pretest of a public opinion poll

d. : the advance testing of something intended for public sale or intended to influence public taste in order to determine its probable reception

a pretest for a new line of merchandise

II. \(ˈ) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ transitive verb
: to subject to a pretest
: to give a pretest

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