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Adjective: preexisting  ,pree-ig'zis-ting
  1. Existing previously or before something
    "variations on preexisting musical themes";
    - preexistent, pre-existent, pre-existing
Verb: preexist  ,pree-ig'zist
  1. Exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time
    "If the effect did not preexist, it never could be created out of nothing"

See also: antecedent

Type of: be, exist