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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to exist prior to (something or someone else); precede: primitive artifacts that preexisted sophisticated tools.
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Origin of preexist

First recorded in 1590–1600; pre- + exist
Related formspre·ex·ist·ence, nounpre·ex·ist·ent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for preexistent

Historical Examples

  • They would also learn, with Peter, that Scripture is the work and word of the preexistent Christ.

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    Augustus Hopkins Strong

  • In short, all earthly existences are material expressions of preexistent entities.

  • The preexistent or antemortal state of man is as plainly affirmed by Scripture as is the fact of life beyond the grave.

  • In the unembodied, preexistent or antemortal state, we were decidedly unequal in capacity and power.

  • The preexistent or antemortal state of man has been heretofore demonstrated.