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preexist Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time
    • Did this condition pre-exist?
WordNet

Pre`ëx*ist" intransitive verb (Also<
  • Preexist
  • Preëxist
)
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Preëxisted; present participle & verbal noun Preëxisting
Definitions
  1. To exist previously; to exist before something else.

Webster 1913