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preexist

[pree-ig-zist] /ˌpri ɪgˈzɪst/
verb (used without object)
1.
to exist beforehand.
2.
to exist in a previous state.
verb (used with object)
3.
to exist prior to (something or someone else); precede:
primitive artifacts that preexisted sophisticated tools.
Also, pre-exist.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; pre- + exist
Related forms
preexistence, noun
preexistent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-existing

pre-existing

adjective
1.
occurring or existing previously
Derived Forms
pre-existence, noun
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Word Origin and History for pre-existing
adj.

also preexisting, 1590s, past participle adjective from pre-exist. The medical insurance pre-existing condition is attested from 1942.

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