- to exist prior to (something or someone else); precede: primitive artifacts that preexisted sophisticated tools.
Origin of preexist
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Examples from the Web for pre-existence
Nothing is said of the pre-existence of ideas of justice, temperance, and the like.Meno
The Platonic doctrine of reminiscence is then adduced as a confirmation of the pre-existence of the soul.
The pre-existence of the soul stands or falls with the doctrine of ideas.
They do not go to the length of denying the pre-existence of ideas.
But the admission of the pre-existence of ideas, and therefore of the soul, is at variance with this.
Word Origin and History for pre-existence
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