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prelapsarian

[pree-lap-sair-ee-uh n] /ˌpri læpˈsɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
Theology. occurring before the Fall:
the prelapsarian innocence of Eden.
2.
characteristic of or pertaining to any innocent or carefree period:
a prelapsarian youth.
noun
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; pre- + -lapsarian, as in infralapsarian, supralapsarian
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  • He has tried to re-create a kind of prelapsarian downtown where there is no crime or homelessness.
  • The first might be called the illusion of prelapsarian innocence.
  • It is a beguiling picture: a prelapsarian world sweetened by memory, perhaps, and by the author's genial nature.
  • And it's filled with a prelapsarian sense of freedom and innocence.
British Dictionary definitions for prelapsarian

prelapsarian

/ˌpriːlæpˈsɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
characteristic of or relating to the human state or time before the Fall: prelapsarian innocence
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Word Origin and History for prelapsarian
adj.

"pertaining to the condition before the Fall," 1834, from pre- + Latin lapsus "a fall" (see lapse (v.)) + ending from unitarian, etc.

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