prehistoric

[pree-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-, pree-i-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the time or a period prior to recorded history: The dinosaur is a prehistoric beast.
2.
Slang. outdated; passé: My mom has these prehistoric ideas about proper dress.
Also, prehistorical.


Origin:
1850–55; pre- + historic

prehistorically, adverb
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prehistoric or prehistorical (ˌpriːhɪˈstɒrɪk)
 
adj
of or relating to man's development before the appearance of the written word
 
prehistorical or prehistorical
 
adj
 
prehis'torically or prehistorical
 
adv

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prehistoric
1851, modeled on Fr. préhistorique, from pre- + history (q.v.). Prehistory is attested from 1871.
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Example sentences
But popular appeal notwithstanding, the evolutionary history of this
  prehistoric beast has proved somewhat difficult to pin down.
Reminders of the metropolitan region's prehistoric past are obvious to those
  who know where to look.
There is a haunting prehistoric ritual still conditioned into every human
  being's reflexes.
They argue that mankind's prehistoric penchant for mammoth may have had a
  discernible effect on climate.
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