or pre-ex·ist


verb (used without object)

to exist beforehand.
to exist in a previous state.

verb (used with object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for pre-exist

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper