Just want to know the difference between 'packaged' and 'prepackaged' as adjectives.
I came across the term 'prepackaged meal' as a synonym for TV dinner, and this made me wonder if the prefix 'pre' is somewhat redundant. According to dictionary definition 'Prepackaged' means the food or goods sold have already between packaged/wrapped before display. Yet Cambridge Dictionary gave the same definition to the adjective 'packaged' - "sold already prepared in a container, usually one made of paper or cardboard".
So what exactly is the difference and why people use the term prepackaged instead of packaged to describe TV dinner?
Personally I think 'package' already has the connotation the prefix 'pre' offers, so what's the point of adding it?