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 (prē′sō-krăt′ĭk, -sə-)
Of or relating to the Greek philosophers or philosophical systems of thought before Socrates.
A pre-Socratic philosopher.


(ˌpri səˈkræt ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to the philosophers or philosophical systems of the period before the Socratic period.
2. any philosopher of this period.
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Noun1.pre-Socratic - any philosopher who lived before Socrates
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy
Adj.1.pre-Socratic - before the time of Socrates
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