preexistence

noun

pre·​ex·​is·​tence prē-ig-ˈzi-stən(t)s How to pronounce preexistence (audio)
: existence in a former state or previous to something else
specifically : existence of the soul before its union with the body
preexistent adjective

Examples of preexistence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Belief in the preexistence. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preexistence was circa 1652

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“Preexistence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preexistence. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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preexistence

noun
pre·​ex·​is·​tence ˌprē-ig-ˈzis-tən(t)s How to pronounce preexistence (audio)
: existence in a former state or before something else
especially : existence of the soul before its union with the body
preexistent adjective
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