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  1. a person supposed to have existed before Adam.
  2. a person who believes that there were people in existence before Adam.
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  1. Also pre-A·dam·ic [pre-uh-dam-ik] /ˌprɛ əˈdæm ɪk/. existing before Adam.
  2. of or relating to the pre-Adamites.
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Origin of pre-Adamite

First recorded in 1655–65; pre- + Adam + -ite1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pre-adamite

Historical Examples

  • It is the call of the wild to which the pre-Adamite monkey in our nature responds.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • The air is like that of a pre-Adamite ironing-day in full blast.

  • But in his pre-Adamite days the opportunity did not present itself.

    Extinct Monsters

    H. N. Hutchinson

  • All my impressions of them are summed in the epithet, often repeated, pre-Adamite.

  • It is a region of rocks, petrifactions, and other pre-Adamite peculiarities.