pre·​dis·​cov·​ery ˌprē-di-ˈskə-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce prediscovery (audio)
variants or pre-discovery
: existing or occurring before discovery: such as
: existing or occurring before the discovery of an astronomical object
found a prediscovery photograph of the comet
searched for reports of pre-discovery sightings
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)

Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prediscovery was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Prediscovery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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