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  • n. previous delineation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Previous delineation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Previous delineation.
  • n. The theory or doctrine of the animalculists of the last century, who considered the whole body of an individual to be preformed in a spermatozoön, and the figure to be predelineated in the head and other parts of the sperm-cells.


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  • Making things even more complicated, by the late 19th century “preformationism” really was less about the preexistence of form as such than about various versions of predetermination or predelineation.

    Epigenesis and Preformationism

  • According to the advocates of preformation or predelineation, the growth of the embryo was merely the expansion or evolution of a miniature organism.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy


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