prehistoric
also prehistorical adjective Date: 1851 1. of, relating to, or existing in times antedating written history 2. of or relating to a language in a period of its development from which contemporary records of its sounds and forms have not been preserved 3. regarded as being outdated or outmoded <
prehistoric attitudes
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prehistorically adverb

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  • prehistoric — [[t]pri͟ːhɪstɒ̱rɪk, AM tɔ͟ːr [/t]] ADJ Prehistoric people and things existed at a time before information was written down. ...the famous prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux …   English dictionary

  • prehistoric — adjective 1) prehistoric times Syn: primitive, primeval, primordial, primal, ancient, early, antediluvian 2) the special effects look prehistoric Syn: out of date, outdated, outmoded, old fashioned …   Thesaurus of popular words

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