One example of prelattices include Heyting prealgebras. Two other examples are the integers$\mathbb{Z}$ and the polynomial ring$K[x]$ of a discrete field$K$, with respect to the divisibility preorder$a \vert b$, the greatest common divisor$\gcd$, and the least common multiple$\lcm$; unlike the natural numbers, these only form a prelattice because there are more than one element in the group of units of both $\mathbb{Z}$ and $K[x]$, where $\mathbb{Z}^\times \coloneqq \{1, -1\}$ and $K[x]^\times \coloneqq K^\times$.

In the same way as lattices, one could either assume that prelattices have top and bottom elements, in which those without top and bottom elements are pseudoprelattices, or prelattices do not have top and bottom elements, in which those with top and bottom elements are bounded prelattices. Pseudoprelattices are important because given any ordered field $K$ with pseudolattice structure, every ordered Artinian local $K$-algebra, found in some approaches to analysis, is a pseudoprelattice.