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Which of the following is the correct usage of the word, and why?

The user can use pre-defined lists.

The user can use predefined lists.

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    Did you try looking either one of these up in a dictionary? What did you find? – J.R. Apr 1 '13 at 21:53
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"New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editor" clearly states that "predefined, one word".

Why? I suppose that that pre-word is in common usage today, so there is no need to use the hypen.

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