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[koh-pur-ni-kuh n, kuh-]
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  1. of or relating to Copernicus or his theories.
  2. important and radically different; thoroughgoing: a Copernican revolution in modern art.
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Origin of Copernican

First recorded in 1660–70; Copernic(us) + -an
Related formspost-Co·per·ni·can, adjectivepre-Co·per·ni·can, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • To regard ethical notions as a key to the understanding of the world is essentially pre-Copernican.

    Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays

    Bertrand Russell

  • This bewildering conception of the cosmos did not trouble the minds of pre-Copernican thinkers.

Word Origin and History for pre-copernican



1660s, "pertaining to Copernicus."

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