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Hyphens in verb construction containing prefix such as “re”
Adding a prefix "re" to a word, with or without a hyphen?

I have a question about the use of the prefix 're', that means 'do it again' in my context. Let me explain: in mathematics we use the concept of 'parameterized' objects, that is, objects obtained while some parameter varies (think of the parameter as the time and the object as a point moving on a plane).

Well, if we describe the movement using the parameter we say that we are parameterizing or the object is parameterized. So, if we change the parameter by another one (for example, change the speed of the clock) we say that we are reparameterizing the object.

This is my question: Which is better: reparameterized or re-parameterized? I've just found this discussion but I remain uncertain.


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A pragmatic approach would be to check a standard dictionary.

My rationale is that:
It takes time for words to become mainstream.

Dictionaries rely on usage and popularity.

Certain words incidentally starting with the letters re already exist and have definite meanings. We need to be aware of them (e.g. resent, resign, report). Do not write resent when you mean sent again; write re-sent.

Certain words may be defined in standard dictionaries (AmE, BrE as may apply) with a hyphen, for good reason. Follow the convention.

In case of a neologism or where the word with the re prefix is not listed in dictionaries, use a hyphen in consideration for the reader.

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