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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 ?
Yet its moral element preexisted in the actor, and its quality as right or wrong it was easy to predict.