pre·​con·​tact | \ ˌprē-ˈkän-ˌtakt How to pronounce precontact (audio) \

Definition of precontact

: of or relating to the period before contact of an indigenous people with an outside culture

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Recent Examples on the Web The authors also found a similar relationship between the precontact dogs and and modern Eurasian Arctic dogs like the Siberian husky. Deborah Netburn,, "North America's first dogs were domesticated in Siberia, but their descendants are all gone," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of precontact

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Precontact.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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