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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predate, foreshadow, anticipate, presage, outrank, head, harbinger, lead, pioneer, time, introduce, herald, pace, scout, usher, rank, preface, antedate, guide, antecede
- preestablished harmony,
- preexcitation syndrome,
Origin of preexist
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Examples from the Web for preexist
As Burke remarked, the timor at least must be presumed to preexist, and must be accounted for, if not the gods.Narrative And Miscellaneous Papers|Thomas De Quincey