or pre-ex·ist

[ pree-ig-zist ]
/ ˌpri ɪgˈzɪst /

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 forms

pre·ex·ist·ence, nounpre·ex·ist·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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