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preexist

or pre-ex·ist

[pree-ig-zist]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to exist beforehand.
  2. to exist in a previous state.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 formspre·ex·ist·ence, nounpre·ex·ist·ent, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • As Burke remarked, the timor at least must be presumed to preexist, and must be accounted for, if not the gods.

    Narrative And Miscellaneous Papers

    Thomas De Quincey