[ pree-ig-zist ]
/ ˌpri ɪgˈzɪst /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to exist prior to (something or someone else); precede: primitive artifacts that preexisted sophisticated tools.
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How to use preexist in a sentence
For if this formation means the formal proclamation or the recognition by other States, it surely does pre-exist.The Reform of Education|Giovanni Gentile
But thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history pre-exist in the mind as laws.Rough-Hewn|Dorothy Canfield
For all perfections found in creatures pre-exist in higher mode in God.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
I would point out that in any case they did not pre-exist as signs.Essays in Experimental Logic|John Dewey
Reality must pre-exist to every assertion for which truth is claimed.Essays in Radical Empiricism|William James