preexist

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.

Nearby words

  1. preestablish,
  2. preestablished harmony,
  3. preexcitation,
  4. preexcitation syndrome,
  5. preexilian,
  6. preexposure,
  7. pref.,
  8. prefab,
  9. prefabricate,
  10. prefabricated

Origin of preexist

First recorded in 1590–1600; pre- + exist

Related formspre·ex·ist·ence, nounpre·ex·ist·ent, adjective

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