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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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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Questions about the nature of Durant’s preexisting injury and his potential for further damage arose immediately, buttressed by more fundamental questions of motivation, influence, and pressure. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Kevin Durant’s Disastrous Comeback," 11 June 2019 In rare cases, excess caffeine intake has also been blamed for heart problems and even deaths, though mostly among people consuming highly concentrated energy drinks or those with preexisting cardiovascular conditions. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "No, You Probably Shouldn't Drink 25 Cups of Coffee a Day," 4 June 2019 There are preexisting theories that give hints about the dragons, but this adds a new layer to the idea. Spoiler alert for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 5. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This New 'Game of Thrones' Theory Reveals Secret Foreshadowing Within the Dragons' Names," 16 May 2019 And the administration has abandoned its defense in federal court of the ACA’s protections for Americans with preexisting medical conditions, forcing a coalition of states to step in with a defense. Michael Hiltzik,, "In another act of sabotage, Trump slashes Obamacare outreach funding to the bone," 10 July 2018 Likewise, Trump came promising to kill the Affordable Care Act, but a whole lot of Congressional Republicans ran in the recent midterm elections promising to keep preexisting conditions protections and Medicaid expansions. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Political Division? That’s Nothing New," 7 Mar. 2019 Yet the health care bill Republicans proposed was projected to leave millions fewer people with health insurance while also rolling back protections for preexisting conditions and increasing premiums and out-of-pocket costs for many people. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 The remainder will be spread out between family support services and preexisting programs, including the Community Empowered Disposition Alternative and Resolution (CEDAR) program. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Constantine unveils proposed $4 million budget for his Roadmap to Zero Youth Detention," 19 Sep. 2018 Chatbots trained on human data slide into racist diatribes, while A.I. hiring managers organically develop wildly sexist worldviews based on preexisting data. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Ex Machina' Foresaw the Weaponization of Data," 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of preexist

1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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