preexist


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pre·ex·ist

 (prē′ĭg-zĭst′)
v. pre·ex·ist·ed, pre·ex·ist·ing, pre·ex·ists
v.tr.
To exist before (something); precede: Dinosaurs preexisted humans.
v.intr.
To exist beforehand.

pre′ex·is′tence n.
pre′ex·is′tent adj.

pre•ex•ist

or pre-ex•ist

(ˌpri ɪgˈzɪst)

v.i.
1. to exist beforehand.
v.t.
2. to antedate; precede.
[1590–1600]
pre`ex•ist′ence, n.
pre`ex•ist′ent, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.preexist - exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time; "Did this condition pre-exist?"
exist, be - have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"
Translations
References in classic literature ?
But the thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history preexist in the mind as laws.
In the man, could we lay him open, we should see the reason for the last flourish and tendril of his work; as every spine and tint in the sea-shell preexists in the secreting organs of the fish.