preexist

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verb pre·ex·ist \ˌprē-ig-ˈzist\

Definition of preexist

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to exist earlier or before

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  antedate

Examples of preexist in a sentence

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

1599

First Known Use of preexist

1599


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