pre·​ver·​bal | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈvər-bəl How to pronounce preverbal (audio) \

Definition of preverbal

1 : occurring before the verb
2 : having not yet acquired the faculty of speech a preverbal child

Examples of preverbal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This suggests that preverbal memories are lost if they are not translated into language. Jeanne Shinskey, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 The almost mournful hysteria of the pack echoes off the canyon walls, bypasses the rational brain, and reaches into something deeper, some preverbal place where the laws of men no longer obtain. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 30 Dec. 2020 Words alone are unlikely to have much impact on these deeper, preverbal regions. Matthew Green, Newsweek, 23 Mar. 2017 The unit of currency for our right brain, conversely, would be the image, because the right brain is preverbal. Adam Rogers, WIRED, 23 Feb. 2009

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First Known Use of preverbal

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Preverbal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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