preexistence

preexist

[pree-ig-zist]
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; pre- + exist

preexistence, noun
preexistent, adjective
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preexist

verb
exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time; "Did this condition pre-exist?" 
preexistence

noun
existing in a former state or previous to something else 
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