prehistoric

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adjective pre·his·tor·ic \ˌprē-(h)is-ˈtȯr-ik, -ˈtär-\
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prehistorical

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Definition of prehistoric

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or existing in times antedating written history

  2. 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  3. 3 :  regarded as being outdated or outmoded prehistoric attitudes

prehistorically

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Examples of prehistoric in a sentence

  1. His attitudes about women are downright prehistoric.

  2. prehistoric notions about mental illness that have no place in today's world

1832

First Known Use of prehistoric

1832


PREHISTORIC Defined for English Language Learners

prehistoric

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adjective pre·his·tor·ic \ˌprē-(h)is-ˈtȯr-ik, -ˈtär-\

Definition of prehistoric for English Language Learners

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

  • : very old or outdated


PREHISTORIC Defined for Kids

prehistoric

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adjective pre·his·tor·ic \ˌprē-hi-ˈstȯr-ik\

Definition of prehistoric for Students

  1. :  relating to or existing in the time before written history began prehistoric animals



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