from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Preceding the verb.
  • adj. Having not yet learned to speak: preverbal children.
  • adj. Marked by the absence of spoken language: preverbal sounds; the preverbal stage of development.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. At an early stage of development in which one is not yet able to communicate by means of words.
  • adj. Occurring before the verb in a sentence or expression.


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  • Italy, where bilingualism is common, studied 40 "preverbal" seven month olds.

  • I might be able to afford the preverbal double-wide if this gets passed.

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  • The two men live in a world where preverbal children, using handsets called "Starfish", can download music by "pointing", and have thereby become "arbiters of musical success".

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  • Within a few generations Hera's pitiful descendents were mating with preverbal cavemen.

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  • The Division of Ophthalmology offers special testing not routinely available for children elsewhere, including vision testing for preverbal children, orthoptic evaluation and treatment, adult and pediatric visual field testing, electroretinography (awake or with sedation), visual evoked responses and ultrasonography.

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  • This video of twin toddlers engaging in what sounds like a preverbal debate has set the Internet cooing and scrambling to decode exactly what these babies are saying to each other.

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  • We have about 12 weeks left to finish off 2009 and I expect this period will be a messy one with a series of events likely to hit the preverbal fan ..

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  • And since mothering is our first preverbal template for an existence in which we feel welcomed or rejected, loved or abandoned, many of us have fused our relationship with our mothers with our concepts of God.

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  • Whether we are aware of those early experiences or believe in preverbal templates does not alter the truth: our daily lives, from the mundane to the sublime, from our reactions to sitting in traffic to our responses to the death of someone we love, are expressions—outpicturings—of our deepest beliefs.

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  • While this country is waiting for the other preverbal shoe to drop (Nuclear bomb).

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