prehistoric

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pre·his·tor·ic

adjective \ˌprē-(h)is-ˈtr-ik, -ˈtär-\

: of, relating to, or existing in the time before people could write

: very old or outdated

Full Definition of PREHISTORIC

1
:  of, relating to, or existing in times antedating written history
2
:  of or relating to a language in a period of its development from which contemporary records of its sounds and forms have not been preserved
3
:  regarded as being outdated or outmoded <prehistoric attitudes>
pre·his·tor·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of PREHISTORIC

pre·his·tor·ic also pre·his·tor·i·cal \-i-kəl\

Examples of PREHISTORIC

  1. His attitudes about women are downright prehistoric.
  2. <prehistoric notions about mental illness that have no place in today's world>

First Known Use of PREHISTORIC

1832

Other Archaeology Terms

Attic, Byzantine, Paleolithic, cairn, core, flint, horizon, neolithic, shard, stratum

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