View synonyms for preexist


or pre-ex·ist

[ pree-ig-zist ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to exist beforehand.
  2. to exist in a previous state.

verb (used with object)

  1. to exist prior to (something or someone else); precede:

    primitive artifacts that preexisted sophisticated tools.

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Other Words From

  • preex·istence noun
  • preex·istent adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of preexist1

First recorded in 1590–1600; pre- + exist

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Example Sentences

It also gives an advantage to existing variants that have changed enough that preexisting immunity is no longer as protective.

The initial brief bit of cooling subsides as the preexisting natural clouds return to their original, nonpolluted state.

“I will always protect people with preexisting conditions”Trump understands little about health-care policy.

Many people may choose not to take the vaccine at all, either out of personal preference or because preexisting health conditions prevent them from taking it.

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The only exceptions were some educators with preexisting health conditions that render them more vulnerable to the coronavirus, who will be allowed to keep teaching virtually.

But the thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history preexist in the mind as laws.

As Burke remarked, the timor at least must be presumed to preexist, and must be accounted for, if not the gods.


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