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1530s, from Late Latin praeteritum perfectum "complete past;" see preter- + perfect (adj.). Related: Preterpluperfect.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The preterperfect tense expresses a thing lately done, but now ended.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • Words that double the first syllable of the preterperfect tense have the first syllable short—as ccd from cd, &c.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh

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