predoctorate

doctorate

[dok-ter-it]
noun
1.
2.
doctor's degree ( defs 1, 2 ).

Origin:
1670–80; < Medieval Latin doctorātus degree of doctor. See doctor, -ate3

predoctorate, noun
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doctorate (ˈdɒktərɪt, -trɪt)
 
n
Also called: doctor's degree the highest academic degree in any field of knowledge

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doctorate
"degree of a doctor," 1670s, from doctor + -ate (1).
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