pre·​ex·​ist | \ˌprē-ig-ˈzist \
preexisted; preexisting; preexists

Definition of preexist 

intransitive verb

: to exist earlier or before

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Synonyms & Antonyms for preexist


antecede, antedate, forego, precede, predate


follow, postdate, succeed

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Examples of preexist in a Sentence

an advanced Mesoamerican civilization whose apex and collapse preexisted the arrival of Europeans by hundreds of years

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Passing a law that unpopular — a law that weakens protections for preexisting conditions while raising premiums on seniors — is not a plan for keeping the House. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "No, John McCain did not make Republicans lose the House," 12 Nov. 2018 The website is the first of its kind, filtering through preexisting city infrastructure and programs that aid women and curating them all in one place for easy access. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "This New Website Is Doing WORK for the Women of New York City," 16 May 2018 These plans would bypass the law’s protections that prevent companies from charging higher prices to women, older people and those with preexisting medical conditions. Phil Galewitz, Washington Post, "Outrageous Or Overblown? HHS Announces Another Round Of ACA Navigator Funding Cuts," 12 July 2018 Four days of flying can’t hope to settle the matter of which aircraft is better—but is enough time to construct an argument to justify preexisting beliefs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 The association plans would be exempt from many ACA rules requiring coverage of essential benefits or guaranteeing coverage of preexisting conditions and from ACA standards applying to the share of premiums devoted to medical services. Michael Hiltzik,, "As midterms approach, conservatives and GOP again attempt to destroy Obamacare," 19 June 2018 That way, more-deserving West players aren’t snubbed for less-deserving East players, a chronic and preexisting problem made worse by James’s move to the West. Ben Golliver,, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 The ad relies on preexisting inklings about the city, like the one perpetuated by the television show Frasier, as a bucolic paradise for outdoor life and white-collar professionalism. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 Other scholars are looking for ways to incorporate emoji into preexisting research. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Academics Gathered to Share Emoji Research, and It Was 🔥," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of preexist

1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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by force of circumstances

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