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1. Any of the vernacular and literary Indic languages recorded from the third century bc to the fourth century ad, as opposed to Sanskrit.
2. Any of the modern Indic languages.
[Sanskrit prākṛtam, from neuter sing. of prākṛta-, natural, vulgar, vernacular : pra-, before, forward; see per in Indo-European roots + karoti, he makes; see Sanskrit.]
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(Languages) any of the vernacular Indic languages as distinguished from Sanskrit: spoken from about 300 bc to the Middle Ages. See also Pali
[C18: from Sanskrit prāktra original, from pra- before + kr to do, make + -ta indicating a participle]
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Pra•krit(ˈprɑ krɪt, -krit)
any of the vernacular Indo-Aryan languages of the ancient and medieval periods, as distinguished from Sanskrit.
[1780–90; < Skt prākṛta, derivative of prakṛti vulgar, natural, original]
Pra•krit•ic (prəˈkrɪt ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||Prakrit - any of the modern Indic languages|
|2.||Prakrit - any of the vernacular Indic languages of north and central India (as distinguished from Sanskrit) recorded from the 3rd century BC to the 4th century AD|
Pali - an ancient Prakrit language (derived from Sanskrit) that is the scriptural and liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism
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