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  3. 3 :  regarded as being outdated or outmoded prehistoric attitudes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

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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  • : very old or outdated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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