precolonial

[ pree-kuh-loh-nee-uh l ]
/ ˌpri kəˈloʊ ni əl /
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adjective

of or relating to the time before a region or country became a colony.

Nearby words

  1. precocious puberty,
  2. precociously,
  3. precocity,
  4. precognition,
  5. precollagenous fiber,
  6. precompose,
  7. preconceive,
  8. preconceived,
  9. preconception,
  10. preconceptual stage

Origin of precolonial

First recorded in 1960–65; pre- + colonial

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