See also: prehistòric

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From pre- (before) +‎ historic, q.v., similar to slightly earlier ante-historic.

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prehistoric (comparative more prehistoric, superlative most prehistoric)

  1. (properly) Of or relating to the epoch before written record.
    • 1832 October, Foreign Quarterly Review, page 369:
      Was it then in a pre-historic time that the Romans wandered into these lands?
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 137:
      The cartoon image of prehistoric woman being dragged by the hair by her caveman-husband probably conditions the perceptions of archaeologists far more than they realize.
  2. (inexact or humorous) Ancient; very old, outdated, etc.

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  • French: préhistorique

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