Should I write "pre-paid debit card" or "prepaid debit card"? I found a discussion about the same topic on wordreference.com

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  • I suggest you look the word up in Merriam-Webster online dictionary and tell us what it says and why what is says leaves you with a question. – AmE speaker Nov 6 '17 at 20:18
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    @Clare thanks, the dictionary had a very good answer to this question. – Pablo Marambio Nov 6 '17 at 20:35

After reading the merriam-webster article about hypens in prefixes, I am most confident the answer is "prepaid." You should avoid the hypen when possible.

Thanks to @Clare for the comment.

  • Also the entry at prepay, which my browser directed me to when I searched for prepaid, does indeed give prepaid as the correct form. The M-W dictionary is the first place to look, according to the Chicago Manual of Style. – AmE speaker Nov 6 '17 at 21:01

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