- to exist prior to (something or someone else); precede: primitive artifacts that preexisted sophisticated tools.
Origin of preexist
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Examples from the Web for pre-exist
I would point out that in any case they did not pre-exist as signs.Essays in Experimental Logic
Reality must pre-exist to every assertion for which truth is claimed.
All must be archetypal; every truth must pre-exist to its perception.
But something of the Form or rational explanation (τῶν ἐν τῷ λόγῳ) must also pre-exist.Aristotle
Now, individuals in the aggregate can possess no right which did not pre-exist in individuals as such.Harmonies of Political Economy
Word Origin and History for pre-exist
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