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preexist

or pre-ex·ist

[ pree-ig-zist ]
/ ˌpri ɪgˈzɪst /
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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.
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Origin of preexist

First recorded in 1590–1600; pre- + exist

OTHER WORDS FROM preexist

pre·ex·ist·ence, nounpre·ex·ist·ent, adjective
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