Prehistory definition

prē-hĭstə-rē
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Prehistory are events or things that happened before there was a record of events, or what happened leading up to an event.

An example of prehistory is when dinosaurs lived on earth.

An example of prehistory is a person getting drunk at a bar and running a red light, which led to a car accident.

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The history of the events that led up to something (e.g. a crisis, a reconciliation, etc).
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The circumstances or developments leading up to or surrounding an event or situation; background.
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History of humankind in the period before recorded history.
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History before recorded history, as learned from archaeology, etc.
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The background of incidents, etc. leading to an event, crisis, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
prehistory
Plural:
prehistories

Origin of prehistory

  • pre- +"Ž history.

    From Wiktionary