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or pre-exist

[pree-ig-zist] /ˌpri ɪgˈzɪst/
verb (used without object)
to exist beforehand.
to exist in a previous state.
verb (used with object)
to exist prior to (something or someone else); precede:
primitive artifacts that preexisted sophisticated tools.
Origin of preexist
First recorded in 1590-1600; pre- + exist
Related forms
preexistence, noun
preexistent, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Obviously we have pre-existed; how are we to account for Mozart's precocity save by supposing his pre-existence?

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

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Shelley's interest in children was connected with his half belief in the Platonic doctrine of pre-existence.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • The Platonic doctrine of reminiscence is then adduced as a confirmation of the pre-existence of the soul.

    Phaedo Plato
  • The post-existence, as well as the pre-existence of the soul, is affirmed in the concluding books.

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

    Phaedo Plato
  • Among the basic energies of this vision are some which in their functioning imply the pre-existence of certain primordial ideas.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • But the admission of the pre-existence of ideas, and therefore of the soul, is at variance with this.

    Phaedo Plato
  • The pre-existence of the soul, as a part of universal life, was taught and commonly accepted in the early Christian period.

    Elementary Theosophy L. W. Rogers
  • Nothing is said of the pre-existence of ideas of justice, temperance, and the like.

    Meno Plato
Word Origin and History for pre-existence

1650s, from pre- + existence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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