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before the present

or before present

noun, Archaeology.
1.
See B.P (def 4).

B.P.

1.
Bachelor of Pharmacy.
2.
Bachelor of Philosophy.
3.
Finance. basis point.
4.
Archaeology. before the present: (in radiocarbon dating) in a specified amount of time or at a specified point in time before a.d. 1950:
between 2 and 3 million years B.P.; human groups living in cities by 5000 B.P.
5.
Commerce. bills payable.
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