preexist

verb
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

Synonyms

antecede, antedate, forego, precede, predate

Antonyms

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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At the time, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could only fund work on a small number of preexisting human embryonic cell lines. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "California’s stem cell research fund dries up," 9 July 2019 There’s been a lot of concern about how conservatives and liberals consume their news from sources that merely confirm their preexisting beliefs. Johanna Blakley, Quartzy, "Four TV shows that both liberals and conservatives love—and one they both hate," 5 July 2019 During the 2003 heat wave in Europe, the elderly comprised the largest share of the casualties, many with preexisting health conditions. Umair Irfan, Vox, "105 degrees in France: why Europe is so vulnerable to extreme heat," 27 June 2019 Smart Downloads will draw the first 100 tracks from the preexisting Offline Mixtape, a playlist based on your listening history. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "YouTube Music Revamps Offline Listening With Automatic 'Smart Downloads'," 27 June 2019 Democrats say the speakers will touch on topics like the administration's track record on health care coverage for preexisting conditions, an issue that helped derail the GOP's attempt to repeal Obamacare in 2017. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "How the Democrats plan to counter Trump's reelection launch," 14 June 2019 Per Politico's Jennifer Haberkorn: Politicians and policymakers are well aware that preexisting protections poll extremely well with Americans. Washington Post, "The Health 202: The Trump administration has given Democrats a generous political gift," 14 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of preexist

1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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