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 The earliest reports showed that while kids are just as likely as adults to catch the virus, their symptoms are generally milder—except for infants and children with preexisting conditions. Gregory Barber, Wired, "What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?," 15 May 2020 And there will be coverage of preexisting conditions. Catherine Herridge, CBS News, "Attorney General William Barr on Michael Flynn, Obamacare and coronavirus restrictions – Transcript," 12 May 2020 Medical experts have cited high rates of preexisting conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, for the deadly impact of the coronavirus on Detroit. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate why coronavirus hits people of color harder," 8 May 2020 Many residents of nursing homes have preexisting respiratory conditions. al, "‘Everyone was struggling to breathe’: Coronavirus hits veterans home in Alabama," 12 May 2020 The homeless population also includes a significant number of individuals at a higher risk of death from the new coronavirus due to their age or preexisting health conditions. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Downtown Phoenix homeless shelter has first known COVID-19 case," 8 May 2020 There are already hundreds of studies underway looking into how demographics, preexisting conditions, and genetics might affect the wide variation in impact., "Coronavirus still not showing its hand," 4 May 2020 More activity and mingling means more death, and although most victims are older and have preexisting health conditions, younger people are dying, too, with minorities particularly hard hit. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Don’t endanger your friends and family. Patience, please, and stay off the beach," 29 Apr. 2020 This could put elderly people and those with preexisting cardiopulmonary conditions at risk. USA Today, "How to clean, reuse or hack a coronavirus mask," 27 Apr. 2020

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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 9 Mar. 2021.

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