prepatent[ pat-nt or for 10, 12–15, peyt-; especially British peyt-nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF prepatent
Synonyms for prepatent
- within realm of possibility
Antonyms for prepatent
late 14c., "open letter or document from some authority," shortened form of Anglo-French lettre patent (also in Medieval Latin (litteræ) patentes), literally "open letter" (late 13c.), from Old French patente (see patent (adj.).
Meaning "a license covering an invention" is from 1580s.