I. transitive verb Date: 1921 to cancel (a postage stamp) in advance of use • precancellation noun II. noun Date: 1929 a precanceled postage stamp

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  • precancel — To cancel postage stamps or stamped envelopes before mailing. The USPS sells precanceled postage to mailers of Presorted (including automation rate) First Class Mail and Standard Mail (A). If authorized, bulk mailers may precancel their own… …   Glossary of postal terms

  • precancel — [prē kan′səl] vt. precanceled or precancelled, precanceling or precancelling to cancel (a postage stamp) before use in mailing: chiefly in the past participle n. a precanceled stamp precancellation n …   English World dictionary

  • Precancel — A precanceled stamp, or precancel for short, is a postage stamp that has been cancelled before being affixed to mail. Precancels are typically used by mass mailers, who can save a postal system time and effort by prearranging to use the… …   Wikipedia

  • Precancel — Pre|can|cel [ pri: kænsəl], das; [s], s [engl. precancel, zu: to precancel = entwerten] (Philat.): a) (bes. in den USA) Entwertung einer Briefmarke im Voraus durch den Absender; b) durch den Absender im Voraus entwertete Briefmarke …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Precancel — Pre|can|cel [pri: kænsl̩] das; [s], s <aus gleichbed. engl. precancel zu to precancel »entwerten«>: a) im Voraus vom Absender entwertete Briefmarke (bei Massensendungen; Philatelie); b) (bes. in den USA) Entwertung einer Briefmarke im… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Precancel — Pre|can|cel 〈[pri:kæ̣nsəl] f. od. n.; Gen.: od. s, Pl.: s〉 Briefmarke, die bereits vor dem Aufkleben auf eine zu befördernde Sendung entwertet wird [Etym.: engl.; zu precancel »entwerten«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • precancel — precancellation, n. /pree kan seuhl/, v., precanceled, precanceling or (esp. Brit.) precancelled, precancelling, n. Philately. v.t. 1. to cancel (a stamp) before placing it on a piece of postal matter. n. 2. a precanceled stamp. [1920 25; PRE +… …   Universalium

  • precancel — 1. verb To cancel or frank a postage stamp prior to posting it 2. noun A postage stamp or mail item that has been precancelled …   Wiktionary

  • precancel — n. stamp which is voided in advance, previously canceled stamp v. void a postage stamp, invalidate a postage stamp …   English contemporary dictionary

  • precancel — pre·cancel …   English syllables

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