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".

presbystasis (s) (noun), presbystases (pl)
Impairment of the ability to stand properly which is associated with aging: Steven's elderly neighbor was 94 years old and suffered from presbystasis and therefore always used a cane to walk.
1. In the early Christian church and in the Presbyterian Church, an elder.
2. In the Episcopal Church, a priest or minister.
1. The office of a presbyter.
2. A body of presbyters.
1. Having to do with church government by presbyters.
2. Designating a church of a traditionally Calvinistic Protestant denomination governed by presbyters, or elders.
3. Member of a Presbyterian church.
1. A body of presbyters; specifically, in Presbyterian churches, an ecclesiastical court and governing body made up of all the ministers and a number of elders from all the churches in a district.
2. The district of such a court.
A reference to the period prior to the onset of schizophrenia; such as, a person showing symptoms similar to those observed prior to schizophrenia.
prescience (s) (noun), presciences (pl)
A knowledge of events before they happen; foreknowledge, foresight; especially, as a divine or Godly attribute.
prescient (adjective), more prescient, most prescient
1. Pertaining to showing an ability to know what will happen before actually it does: Those who are prescient people claim to have the gifts of foresight, clairvoyance, premonition, or prophecy.

The police gave the bank a prescient warning that they heard that a robbery was being planned by criminals.

2. Etymology: from Latin praescient-, "knowing beforehand", from the verb praescire, from prae, "before" + scire "to know".
prescribe (verb), prescribes; prescribed; prescribing
1. To officially follow a doctor's instructions for a patient to follow a particular course of medical treatment: Jim's doctor prescribed a medicine that has details of how often the drug must be taken, how much is to be consumed, and any other relevant information for him to follow.
2. To present rules or instructions that are to be followed exactly as presented: Mark's new employer prescribes that new workers must pass a physical examination before they can become employees or members of the company.
3. To do something that is suggested as a way to accomplish or to make an objective or an intention succeed as desired: A parent's group is prescribing the improvement of the educational system in their community.
4. Etymology: from Latin praescribere, "to write before or in front, to order, to direct" from prae-, "before" + scribere, "to write."
To instruct someone to do something.
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Laid down, appointed, or fixed beforehand; ordained, appointed, set, fixed, defined.
1. A rule, or regulation, that has been laid down; usually, in writing.
2. Something prescribed; especially, a rule, or regulation, of conduct.
1. A written order issued by a physician or other qualified practitioner that authorizes a pharmacist to supply a particular medication for a particular patient, with instructions on its use.
2. A written order from an optometrist or ophthalmologist for glasses or contact lenses of a particular type and strength to correct the eyesight of a particular person.
3. A proven formula for causing something else to happen.
4. Laying down of laws, rules, and regulations.
1. Establishing or adhering to rules and regulations.
2. Based on legal prescription.
3. Based on, or authorized by, long-standing custom.

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

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