[pree-lap-sair-ee-uh n]


Theology. occurring before the Fall: the prelapsarian innocence of Eden.
characteristic of or pertaining to any innocent or carefree period: a prelapsarian youth.


Origin of prelapsarian

1875–80; pre- + -lapsarian, as in infralapsarian, supralapsarian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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characteristic of or relating to the human state or time before the Fallprelapsarian innocence
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Word Origin and History for prelapsarian

"pertaining to the condition before the Fall," 1834, from pre- + Latin lapsus "a fall" (see lapse (v.)) + ending from unitarian, etc.

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