precolonial

[ pree-kuh-loh-nee-uhl ]
/ ˌpri kəˈloʊ ni əl /

adjective

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
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Example sentences from the Web for precolonial

  • It was true that Manon was still a precolonial planet only as a technicality.

    Legacy|James H Schmitz