prequel

[pree-kwuhl]
noun
a literary, dramatic, or filmic work that prefigures a later work, as by portraying the same characters at a younger age.

Origin:
1970–75; pre- + (se)quel

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prequel (ˈpriːkwəl)
 
n
a film or book about an earlier stage of a story or a character's life, released because the later part of it has already been successful
 
[C20: from pre- + (se)quel]

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prequel
1973, from pre-, based on sequel (q.v.).
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prequel

a literary or dramatic work whose story precedes that of an earlier-written work. For example, Lillian Hellman's play Another Part of the Forest (1946) portrays the earlier lives of the characters she first wrote about in The Little Foxes (1939).

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Too bad neither prequel nor sequel could logically bring them all together
  again.
It would also work well as a prequel to reading the novel.
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Position design and descriptions, then, are a required prequel to recruitment.
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