prelife

adjective
pre·​life | \ ˌprē-ˈlīf How to pronounce prelife (audio) \
variants: or pre-life

Definition of prelife

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or occurring during the time preceding the first appearance of life on earth theories on Earth's prelife atmosphere
2 : of, relating to, or occurring during a prelife It never fails to amaze me how much food is available. I guess I have some pre-life memory of a time of real hunger in Russia or Israel or somewhere.— Benjamin J. Stein

prelife

noun
variants: or pre-life
plural prelives or pre-lives

Definition of prelife (Entry 2 of 2)

: a life conceived as lived before one's present life having a belief in a prelife — compare afterlife

First Known Use of prelife

Adjective

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Prelife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prelife. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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