preexist

or pre-ex·ist

[pree-ig-zist]
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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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Word Origin and History for pre-exist
v.

1590s, from pre- + exist. Related: Pre-existed; pre-existing.

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