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Preexistence   Listen

Existing in a former state or previous to something else.

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"Preexistence" Quotes from Famous Books

... a-doing it they are manning a yard. What did the people call one-third of their salute in 1675? And are we to suppose that they were never led to give "one more" cheer, as they do nowadays? And have the LL.D.s of Cambridge—old Cambridge—yet to learn that the compound always implies the preexistence of the simple, and that "a cheer" is, by logical necessity, the antecedent of "three cheers"? Can they fail to see, too, as "cheer" meant originally face, then countenance, then comfort, encouragement, that, before it could be used as a verb to mean the expression ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Volume 8, No. 47, September, 1861 • Various

Words linked to "Preexistence" :   existence, beingness, preexist, preexistent, being

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