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[pree-uh-tom-ik] /ˌpri əˈtɒm ɪk/
of or relating to the period of history preceding the atomic age.
Origin of preatomic
First recorded in 1910-15; pre- + atomic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They were like the wolf of pre-atomic days who huffed and puffed to blow the house down.

    Acid Bath Vaseleos Garson
  • Well, as a race, so did we until only a few centuries pre-atomic.

    Oomphel in the Sky Henry Beam Piper
  • But Lenin was a pre-atomic man, who viewed society and history with pre-atomic eyes.

  • There was an ancient word, originating in one of the lost languages of pre-atomic Terra—sixtifor.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
Word Origin and History for pre-atomic

"before the atomic age," 1914, in "World Set Free" -- H.G. Wells anticipating the word the future would use to look back at a time defined by events that hadn't yet happened in his day; from pre- + atomic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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