pre·​sci·​en·​tif·​ic ˌprē-ˌsī-ən-ˈti-fik How to pronounce prescientific (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a period before the rise of modern science or a state prior to the application of the scientific method

Examples of prescientific in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using a panoply of colorful examples, the author artfully illustrates the frustrations, uncertainty, poorly founded confidence and frequent futility of medical practice in the prescientific age. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2018 In a prescientific world, the sun’s unexpected diminishment and even disappearance must have been utterly terrifying. Rabbi Dan Fink, idahostatesman, 18 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prescientific was in 1854

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“Prescientific.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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