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preexist

or pre-exist

[pree-ig-zist] /ˌpri ɪgˈzɪst/
verb (used without object)
1.
to exist beforehand.
2.
to exist in a previous state.
verb (used with object)
3.
to exist prior to (something or someone else); precede:
primitive artifacts that preexisted sophisticated tools.
Origin of preexist
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; pre- + exist
Related forms
preexistence, noun
preexistent, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • Nothing is said of the pre-existence of ideas of justice, temperance, and the like.

    Meno Plato
  • The Platonic doctrine of reminiscence is then adduced as a confirmation of the pre-existence of the soul.

    Phaedo Plato
  • The pre-existence of the soul stands or falls with the doctrine of ideas.

    Phaedo Plato
  • They do not go to the length of denying the pre-existence of ideas.

    Phaedo Plato
  • But the admission of the pre-existence of ideas, and therefore of the soul, is at variance with this.

    Phaedo Plato
  • Their central theme is the pre-existence and Perfectibility of the soul.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting
  • I visit what I oft have visited in my dreams; or as in a state of pre-existence.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • It appeals to the old Covenanter strain in me—like a voice of pre-existence.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • Of course Paul believed in the pre-existence and in the Incarnation.

  • "Yes, a great while ago; in a state of pre-existence, in fact," he said.

    Indian Summer William D. Howells
Word Origin and History for pre-existence
n.

1650s, from pre- + existence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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