Definition of preexist in US English:



[no object]usually as adjective preexisting
  • 1Exist at or from an earlier time.

    ‘a preexisting contractual obligation’
    • ‘The success of the Croydon Tramlink reflects its sensible conception as a light railway system running mainly on pre-existing rail routes.’
    • ‘All across the country, there are pre-existing rivalries between teams and cities that are ripe for promotional exploitation.’
    • ‘In the Buddhist view, egolessness is pre-existing, beyond our preconceptions.’
    • ‘What pre-existing thoughts, feelings, values or perceptions paved the way for depression to take hold of you?’
    • ‘He came to the negotiations over the agreement with a pre-existing moral obligation to arrive at terms.’
    • ‘It consists in mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, that tend to follow pre-existing sociological and economic divisions.’
    • ‘New blood capillaries are formed by sprouting from pre-existing blood vessels.’
    • ‘Does the type of sport help shape the individual or do pre-existing traits influence the person's choice of sport?’
    • ‘A quick response will also allow the adjuster to determine if the mold is pre-existing or a result of the water damage.’
    • ‘Here, B was under a pre-existing contractual duty owed to A's employer to test the truthfulness of A's statements.’
    • ‘Recent infections were distinguished from pre-existing infections by comparison with blood samples taken before transfusion.’
    • ‘Yet there pre-exists in each character a component of deceit and corruption.’
    • ‘What they really meant was that no model for how to film ‘The Hours’ could be said to pre-exist.’
    • ‘I would have thought that in order to found the entitlement it has to pre-exist and continue to exist.’
    • ‘If we read this verse carefully, it doesn't tell us that Jeremiah pre-existed with God; it simply says that even before Jeremiah was created, God (being all-knowing) already knew what Jeremiah would be like.’
    • ‘The whole point of basic law (which is where we find property rights), surely, is to defend pre-existing concepts.’
    • ‘Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be separated, for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre-exists in the means, the fruit in the seed.’
    previous, earlier, prior, foregoing, preceding, precursory
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    1. 1.1with object Exist at or from an earlier time than (something)
      ‘demons who preexisted the Great Flood’
      • ‘They are claims for injuries because the drugs caused dependency and injury which either did not pre-exist or did not do so to the same degree.’
      • ‘For the Platonists, the soul is the human being; the intellect is eternal, and pre-exists and survives the body.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Language in this poem, as elsewhere in Sexton, pre-exists and dominates the subject.’