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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Examples of preexist in a Sentence

an advanced Mesoamerican civilization whose apex and collapse preexisted the arrival of Europeans by hundreds of years
Recent Examples on the Web According to Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez’s Diary of a Female President, created by the team behind Jane the Virgin, seem to be relatively low-budget experiments built around the appeal of stars with preexisting audiences. Judy Berman, Time, "Disney Has Reshaped the Movie Industry. Will Disney+ Do the Same for Television?," 29 Aug. 2019 People with preexisting heart and lung conditions are most at risk when the air gets thick and unhealthy. Erin Allday,, "Bay Area warned to prepare for smoky air during wildfire season," 9 Sep. 2019 Taken individually, any one of them—its massive catalog of preexisting content, as well as whatever's yet to come—could entice someone into spending $6.99 a month to feed at the trough. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands," 20 Aug. 2019 Health Canada has also had to migrate into its new online licensing system scores of preexisting research permissions. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "‘The system is swamped.’ Canada can't keep up with requests to study cannabis," 19 Aug. 2019 And another party that is trying to kill it, is trying to take it away, is trying to cut your benefits or end your Obamacare and your protections for preexisting conditions. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 15, 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 The Department of Justice originally agreed that the ACA’s health plan regulations, such as protection for preexisting conditions, the requirement that premiums be largely equalized among all buyers, should be overturned. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump is proposing to reduce the employer health insurance system to utter chaos," 23 Aug. 2019 Studies show that people with preexisting psychiatric disorders are more likely to develop Parkinson’s — or have a functional disorder with similar symptoms. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019 Deputies arrested Halling on preexisting warrants from Multnomah County for parole and probation violations, plus new charges for allegedly shooting the Washington County deputies. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Man suspected of shooting Washington County deputies booked into jail," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of preexist

1599, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of preexist was in 1599

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not being in agreement or harmony

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