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or pre-ex·ist

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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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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.


    George Grote

  • Now, individuals in the aggregate can possess no right which did not pre-exist in individuals as such.

Word Origin and History for pre-exist


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

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