Definition of prelapsarian in English:


Syllabification: pre·lap·sar·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˌprēlapˈserēən


Theology or literary
Characteristic of the time before the Fall of Man; innocent and unspoiled: a prelapsarian Eden of astonishing plenitude
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  • To the extent that the freedom of prelapsarian man survives the fall - and Milton is ambivalent about this - so does his end, which is not to found and hold office in republics, but to serve God out of the care to please him.
  • One must not identify it, say, with the pure, prelapsarian humanity favored in medieval accounts of the incarnation.
  • But other early monastic texts hold out the hope of a different, nonviolent, world, one that restores the prelapsarian harmony between human beings and animals.


late 19th century: from pre- 'before', on the pattern of sublapsarian.

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