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preexist

or pre-ex·ist

[pree-ig-zist]
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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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Examples from the Web for pre-existence

Historical Examples

  • Nothing is said of the pre-existence of ideas of justice, temperance, and the like.

    Meno

    Plato

  • The Platonic doctrine of reminiscence is then adduced as a confirmation of the pre-existence of the soul.

    Phaedo

    Plato

  • The pre-existence of the soul stands or falls with the doctrine of ideas.

    Phaedo

    Plato

  • They do not go to the length of denying the pre-existence of ideas.

    Phaedo

    Plato

  • But the admission of the pre-existence of ideas, and therefore of the soul, is at variance with this.

    Phaedo

    Plato


Word Origin and History for pre-existence

n.

1650s, from pre- + existence.

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