One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Previous to the critical treatment of a subject; prior to critical analysis, or the development of a critical faculty, method, etc.; (Philosophy) prior to the development of Kant's critical philosophy in his Kritik der reinen Vernunft (Critique of Pure Reason) (1781).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Mind. From pre- + critical. With specifically use in philosophy compare German vorkritisch.
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