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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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