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pre·​life ˌprē-ˈlīf How to pronounce prelife (audio)
variants or pre-life
: of, relating to, or occurring during the time preceding the first appearance of life on earth
theories on Earth's prelife atmosphere
: 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


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variants or pre-life
plural prelives or pre-lives
: a life conceived as lived before one's present life
having a belief in a prelife
compare afterlife

Word History

First Known Use


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prelife was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Prelife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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