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an early, pre-market, model of a product which is being developed. Small numbers of prototypes of new products are often constructed to aid the process of testing the performance and consumer acceptability of the product prior to deciding whether or not to engage in full-scale commercial production and marketing of the product. See NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.
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The Salala carnage was a prototypal instance of the US playing Brutus - cutting Pakistan in the back - tearing to bits its trust and certainty in its associate
The old idea of the state and the new idea of the state may also be drawn from the two historical formulas, one of which was given by the prototypal king of yore, Louis the XIV, who said The State, It Is I, while the other was given by Frederick II, King of Prussia, who said, I am the first servant of the state.
Arizona, which created the famous Miranda warnings, with their prototypal concern being the vulnerability of the detained individual subject to police interrogation.
Prototypal diarrheagenic strains of Hafnia alvei are actually members of the genus Escherichia.
But most important, if you are a lover of spas and nature, it has set itself apart (and perhaps started a new movement) with its prototypal spa concept, Spa en Vivo, located on a private hilltop in the countryside, just ten minutes from Hotel Matilda.
The Lithuanian language still retains the original sound system and morphological peculiarities of the prototypal Indo- European tongue and, therefore, is fascinating for linguistic study.
We developed a prototypal system, which has been evaluated by collecting daily television newscasts from 7 major Italian broadcasters and 95 RSS news feeds from online websites for a period of about 8 months.
Flaminio Scala's prototypal scenarios: segmenting the text/performance.