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For *priustinus, from prius +‎ -tinus. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *per.



prīstinus (feminine prīstina, neuter prīstinum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. former, early, original, primitive
  2. pristine
  3. previous
  4. traditional
  5. that has already existed for some time (i.e. not new), old.


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative prīstinus prīstina prīstinum prīstinī prīstinae prīstina
Genitive prīstinī prīstinae prīstinī prīstinōrum prīstinārum prīstinōrum
Dative prīstinō prīstinō prīstinīs
Accusative prīstinum prīstinam prīstinum prīstinōs prīstinās prīstina
Ablative prīstinō prīstinā prīstinō prīstinīs
Vocative prīstine prīstina prīstinum prīstinī prīstinae prīstina


See also[edit]


  • pristinus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pristinus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pristinus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to restore a man to his former position: aliquem in antiquum statum, in pristinum restituere
    • to live as scrupulously moral a life as ever: virtutem pristinam retinere
    • to live as scrupulously moral a life as ever: nihil ex pristina virtute remittere
    • to give up old customs: a pristina consuetudine deflectere
    • to return to ancient usage: in pristinam consuetudinem revocare aliquid
    • to restore the ancient constitution: rem publicam in pristinum statum restituere