pre·​ex·​ist | \ ˌprē-ig-ˈzist How to pronounce preexist (audio) \
preexisted; preexisting; preexists

Definition of preexist

intransitive verb

: to exist earlier or before

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an advanced Mesoamerican civilization whose apex and collapse preexisted the arrival of Europeans by hundreds of years
Recent Examples on the Web Murphy quoted: In many cases, [impeachment] will connect itself with the preexisting factions . . . Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Rep. Adam Schiff opens Trump impeachment trial arguments with a quote from Alexander Hamilton," 24 Jan. 2020 The label will use that preexisting audience to grow awareness of RedRecords through in-flight entertainment provided by the label and targeted online marketing. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "How RedRecords Plans To Dominate Asian Pop -- And Break the Genre In the U.S.," 13 Jan. 2020 Much has been made of the difficulty of putting together an impartial jury due to jurors’ preexisting biases against Weinstein. Vanessa K. Bohns, The Conversation, "Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance – which research shows isn’t easy," 10 Jan. 2020 But these underlying disparities in the treatment of breast cancer mean that preexisting data sets don’t represent all populations. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Google’s AI for mammograms doesn’t account for racial differences," 9 Jan. 2020 In lieu of any preexisting architectural moldings or transitions, the designer relied on high-octane accents. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "A Former Cubicle Floor Is Now a Boldly Colorful Family Home," 30 Dec. 2019 The taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for ongoing issues that are preexisting. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "How Some Sheriffs Force Their Inmates Into Medical Debt," 26 Dec. 2019 The taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for ongoing issues that are preexisting. Connor Sheets |, al, "How some Alabama sheriffs force inmates into medical debt," 26 Dec. 2019 Strong winds of up to 150 mph continued to blow through the southwestern regions of the state Thursday afternoon with forecasters estimating a total snowfall of 4 - 8 inches on top of preexisting snow. Fox News, "Two semis overturn on Utah highway as winter storm brings winds of up to 150 mph," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of preexist

1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Preexist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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