from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To exist before (something); precede: Dinosaurs preexisted humans.
- intransitive v. To exist beforehand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To exist before something else.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To exist previously; to exist before something else.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exist before something else; have a prior existence.
- To exist in a previous state.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. exist beforehand or prior to a certain point in time
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Specifically, I am endlessly compelled by the notion that higher stages or levels do not preexist, that is, they are not "given" but are literally created by brave individuals who actually venture into new, uncharted territory, laying down "Kosmic grooves" that others follow, which eventually become actual new structures or stages.
Slots for the "talented" preexist the people who fill them.
But stop talking about rights that preexist the Constitution.
Did the capacity for it preexist the consumption event or did it evolve.
Matter and energy cannot precede themselves or preexist themselves either physically or chronologically.
Rights, like nonviolence, do not preexist, they are created.
(For Maritain, essences do not preexist existence; essences might be better seen as "capacities to exist" [ibid., p. 34].)
They started before America was founded or the principles of inherent rights that preexist government were even enunciated.
Bergman once staged a memorable chess game with Death, of course, in THE SEVENTH SEAL -- one of the few films whose every image is invested with such power and inevitability that they seem to preexist the film itself, like carvings in ancient wood or stone -- but it was Antonioni who was truly the chessmaster, one of cinema's rare geometric thinkers, possibly its first and without question its most definitive.
Our rights are not granted by government; they preexist any government we choose and cannot be altered.