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 postage.

Glossary of postal terms. 2014.

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

  • 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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