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precolonial

[pree-kuh-loh-nee-uh l]
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  1. of or relating to the time before a region or country became a colony.
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Origin of precolonial

First recorded in 1960–65; pre- + colonial
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Until this century Tamaulipas was not densely populated by man either in the pre-colonial period or thereafter.

    The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico

    Ticul Alvarez