[ pree-suh-krat-ik, -soh- ]

  1. of or relating to the philosophers or philosophical systems of the period before the Socratic period.

  1. any philosopher of this period.

Origin of pre-Socratic

First recorded in 1870–75

Words Nearby pre-Socratic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pre-Socratic in a sentence

  • Haeckel's system is mainly poetico-mythical, chiefly on the lines of some of the pre-Socratic philosophers.

  • The pre-Socratic philosophies are simpler, and we may observe a progress in them; but is there any regular succession?

    Sophist | Plato
  • He is never able to reconcile the first causes of the pre-Socratic philosophers with the final causes of Socrates himself.

    Timaeus | Plato
  • Moreover, Thales propounded the problem, and determined the direction and character, of all pre-Socratic philosophy.

  • The universal tendency of the pre-Socratic philosophy is to find some principle for the explanation of nature.