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

Definition of preexist 

intransitive verb

: to exist earlier or before

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antecede, antedate, forego, precede, predate


follow, postdate, succeed

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

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What the administration is actually doing, of course, is simply legalizing skimpy plans that provide little in the way of benefits and don’t protect patients with preexisting health care conditions. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s bizarre post-election press conference, explained," 7 Nov. 2018 Joe Raedle/Getty Images A critical part of the Affordable Care Act’s design is that people can use the law’s financial assistance only to purchase insurance plans that comply with the law’s requirements for preexisting conditions and benefits. Dylan Scott, Vox, "We have a new worst-case scenario for Obamacare," 3 Dec. 2018 But the coverage may not include mental health services, prescription drugs or care for preexisting medical conditions. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "States act on their own to fill holes Washington is knocking in Affordable Care Act," 1 July 2018 Heard was also dating a man whose fame preexisted her birth. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Nobody’s Victim," 27 Nov. 2018 Most Democrats campaigned on protecting preexisting conditions, but the ACA has already done that. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What the new Democratic House majority might actually pass on health care," 7 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of preexist

1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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a person who helps groups work together

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