pre-, prae-

(Latin: before [both in time and place])

The prefix prae- can actually be substituted for pre- because both of them are different spellings for the same prefix meaning "before".

preconscious (adjective), more preconscious, most preconscious
A reference to showing or having the characteristics of an adult at a very early age: Sara was a precocious child who could read before she even started to go to school.
precook (verb), precooks; precooked, precooking
1. To grill, fry, or broil something partially or completely, for final preparation at a later time.
2. To heat beforehand so the actual preparation won't take so long; such as, cooking rice in advance.
precosmic (adjective) (not comparative)
A reference to occurring or existing before the universe.
precostal (adjective), more precostal, most precostal
A reference to being located in front of a rib or the ribs: Andrew suffered a precostal injury when he fell on an icy sidewalk.
precreative (adjective), more precreative, most precreative
Referring to existing or occurring before the creation of the world: The term of precreative also means that something happened in an ancient time.
precursor (s) (noun), precursors (pl)
1. A person or something that comes before an action or a situation, as in a job, a method, etc.: Taking advanced computer classes, especially programming, can be a precursor to being qualified for better paying jobs with businesses or individuals.
2. A person, animal, or thing that happens before and indicates the approach of someone or something else; a harbinger or foretelling: The budding of tree leaves is a precursor of spring and so is the sight of certain birds; such as, robins.
3. Someone or something that comes before, and is often considered to lead to the development of, another person or thing: Small tremors can be precursors to earthquakes.

Lightening is almost always the precursor to thunder.

6. A person who held a position or a job before someone else: Being a skilled writer was Mark's precursor to being a full-time reporter for the local newspaper.
Something which indicates or announces that something is about to happen.
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A forerunner of that which goes before to indicate that an event is about to take place.
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precursory (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Pertaining to an initial or an introductory stage: The mayor made a precursory statement that he was considering the possibility of running for governor of his state.
2. Referring to an indication of something that is to come: The thunder and dark clouds were precursory warnings that heavy rain was on its way.
predate (verb), predates; predated; predating
1. To put an indication of time or the instance of an occurrence on something; such as, a check or contract which is earlier than the actual or anticipated time or instance of an occurrence: "In her narration, the witness tried to predate her evidence to the consternation of the jury."
2. To come before someone or something else in time: "Mr. Jones predated Bruce's father by several years."
3. To establish something as being earlier relative to something else: "Adriana's research concluded that the development of the bicycle as a mode of transportation predated the development of the automobile by many years."
predecessor (s) (noun), predecessors (pl)
1. Someone who precedes another person in time; such as, in holding a position or office in public office or business.
2. Something previously in use or existence that has been replaced or succeeded by something else.
predestinarian (s)
1. Someone who believes or maintains the theological doctrine of predestination; especially, in an extreme form; a fatalist.
2. In theology, anyone who believes God has determined all events in advance; especially, the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity including the final salvation of mankind.
1. To foreordain by divine decree or purpose.
2. To foreordain; to predetermine; to decide in advance.
3. In some religious beliefs, decided and decreed in advance by God, a deity, or fate.
1. In theology, being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with John Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind).
2. In some religious beliefs, the doctrine that God, a deity, or fate has established in advance everything that is going to happen and that nothing can change this.
3. A previous determination as if by destiny or fate.
predetermination (s) (noun), predeterminations (pl)
1. The act of ordaining in advance what is to take place: It was an act of predetermination when the two film enthusiasts, Mary and Max, met at the film rental shop and reached simultaneously for the only copy of the very popular movie.
2. A purpose formed beforehand: Adam was told by the minister that there was a predetermination of God's will in people's lives.
predetermine (verb), predetermines; predetermined; predetermining
1. To decide, to agree, or to arrange something before it happens: Hayden felt that his life was being predetermined to be a football player.

Ben and Beatrice had to predetermine when and where they would be going on their summer vacation.

2. To settle on something or to reach a decision before it is actually completed: Jane and Janet, the organizers of the beauty contest, were predetermining who the winner would be before the actual voting took place.

Related before-word units: ante-; antero-; anti-; pro-.

Related "time" units: aevum, evum; archaeo-, archeo-; Calendars; chrono-; horo-; Quotes: Time; tempo-.