Etymology
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syl- 
assimilated form of Greek syn- before -l-.
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anterior (adj.)
"more in front; earlier," 1610s, Latin, literally "former," comparative of ante "before" (from PIE root *ant- "front, forehead," with derivatives meaning "in front of, before"). Related: Anteriorly (1590s); anteriority.
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Armorica 
ancient name for Brittany, from Gallo-Roman Aremorica, literally "before the sea," with a Celtic prefix meaning "before" (compare Old Irish ar) + mare "sea" (from PIE root *mori- "body of water").
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prophylaxis (n.)

"preventive treatment of disease, a guarding against the attack of some disease," 1746, Modern Latin, from Greek prophylassein "to keep guard before," from pro "before" (see pro-) + phylassein "to watch over, guard" (see prophylactic).

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abs- 
the usual form of ab- before -c-, -q-, or -t-.
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ante-mortal (adj.)
"occurring before death," 1827; see ante- + mortal (adj.).
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antipasto (n.)
1929, from Italian antipasto, from anti- "before" (from Latin ante; see ante-) + pasto "food," from Latin pascere "to feed," from PIE root *pa- "to feed." Earlier Englished as antepast "something taken before a meal to whet the appetite" (1580s).
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praenomen (n.)

among ancient Romans, a name prefixed to the family name (Marcus, Gaius, Lucius, etc.), answering to the modern personal name, 1706, from Latin praenomen, literally "before the name," from prae "before" (see prae-) + nomen (from PIE root *no-men- "name").

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preschool (adj.)

also pre-school, "of or pertaining to the time before a child is old enough for school," 1886, from pre- "before" + school (n.); the noun is from 1910, "a nursery school for children of preschool age." Related: pre-schooling; pre-schooler.

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preselection (n.)

also pre-selection, "selection beforehand," 1882, from pre- "before" + selection.

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