prediscovery

adjective
pre·​dis·​cov·​ery | \ˌprē-di-ˈskə-v(ə-)rē \
variants: or pre-discovery

Definition of prediscovery 

: existing or occurring before discovery: such as

a : existing or occurring before the discovery of an astronomical object found a prediscovery photograph of the comet searched for reports of pre-discovery sightings

b law : occurring or existing prior to discovery (see discovery sense 3) in a lawsuit First, pre-discovery summary judgment motions are usually premature and hence disfavored.Bourbeau v. Jonathan Woodner Co., 600 F. Supp. 2d 1 (2009)

First Known Use of prediscovery

1878, in the meaning defined above

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