prediscovery

adjective
pre·​dis·​cov·​ery | \ ˌprē-di-ˈskə-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce prediscovery (audio) \
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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about prediscovery

Statistics for prediscovery

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for prediscovery

The first known use of prediscovery was in 1878

See more words from the same year

Comments on prediscovery

What made you want to look up prediscovery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to shake or wave menacingly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!