Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Existence in a former state, or previous to something else.
  • n. Existence of the soul before its union with the body; -- a doctrine held by certain philosophers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Existence previous to something else.
  • n. Existence in a previous state; existence of the soul before its union with the body, or before the body is formed. Belief in it was a doctrine of the Pythagorean school, of Plato, and of other philosophers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. existing in a former state or previous to something else

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Examples

  • Mormons do believe in the pre-existence of souls (something that some ancient Christians also believed).

    Matthew Yglesias » Beck vs Social Justice

  • Or maybe according to your holy book, he was not as good as you in pre-existence?

    Romney on Obama: the presidency isn't an 'internship'

  • I argue that pre-existence language which was pervasive in second temple lit. and later was almost in all cases clearly metaphorical.

    HANDS Across the Godhead?

  • Frankly speaking, to reinterpret Jesus' pre-existence away from Hebrews is desperate.

    HANDS Across the Godhead?

  • "Frankly speaking, to reinterpret Jesus' pre-existence away from Hebrews is desperate."

    HANDS Across the Godhead?

  • He assumes it reflects a view at odds with Jewish monotheism, and that pre-existence implies divinity, and much else that many conservative religious believers would agree with, but scholars cannot assume without discussion.

    Mythicism: Microexistence vs. Macroexistence?

  • It never considered the pre-existence of the tool-box genes, thus had no classification under either RM or NS to account for this reality.

    Bird Teeth

  • Those who were less valiant in pre-existence and who thereby had certain spiritual restrictions imposed upon them during mortality are known to us as the negroes.

    Romney Brushes Off Insult From McCain's Mother

  • The present status of the negro rests purely and simply on the foundation of pre-existence ....

    Romney Brushes Off Insult From McCain's Mother

  • In spite of whatever they might have done in the pre-existence to justify being born over there as Chinamen, if they now, in this life accept the gospel and live it the rest of their lives they can have the Priesthood, go to the temple and receive endowments and sealings, and that means they can have exaltation.

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