Definition of preexist in English:


Syllabification: pre·ex·ist
Pronunciation: /ˌprē-igˈzist


[no object] (usually as adjective preexisting)
  • 1Exist at or from an earlier time: a preexisting contractual obligation
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    • A quick response will also allow the adjuster to determine if the mold is pre-existing or a result of the water damage.
    • In the Buddhist view, egolessness is pre-existing, beyond our preconceptions.
    • It consists in mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, that tend to follow pre-existing sociological and economic divisions.
  • 1.1 [with object] Exist at or from an earlier time than (something): demons who preexisted the Great Flood
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    • For instance, I vowed in 1995 to listen to no music made after 1970-except for bands that had pre-existed and had released albums before that date.
    • For the Platonists, the soul is the human being; the intellect is eternal, and pre-exists and survives the body.
    • Language in this poem, as elsewhere in Sexton, pre-exists and dominates the subject.



Pronunciation: /-ˈzistəns/
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  • We do believe in a pre-existence and that death is not the end of existence.
  • Every action performed requires the pre-existence of some social structures which agents draw upon in order to initiate that action, and in doing so reproduce and/or transform them.
  • According to their founder Joseph Smith, spirits have three forms: pre-existence, in the human body while alive, and in life after death.


Pronunciation: /-ˈzistənt/
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  • More than 50 pre-existent cracks were found when the fragmented track was put together again, the Health and Safety Executive said in a second interim report into the crash.
  • It's all about drawing awareness to a pre-existent problem.
  • The division of labour cannot take place except within a pre-existent society…

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