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Pre-existent   /pri-ɛgzˈɪstənt/   Listen
Pre-existent

adjective
1.
Existing previously or before something.  Synonyms: pre-existing, preexistent, preexisting.






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"Pre-existent" Quotes from Famous Books



... talk about the law, and school-masters talk about the latin tongue, in a way to make their hearers think they mean entities pre-existent to the decisions or to the words and syntax, determining them unequivocally and requiring them to obey. But the slightest exercise of reflexion makes us see that, instead of being principles of this kind, both law and latin ...
— Pragmatism - A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking • William James

... words—you lead yourself inevitably to a God manifest in nature—not as a powerful being—that is a theme absolutely without interest to me—but as possessed in himself of the original pre-existent beauty, the counterpart of which in us we call art, and who has fashioned us so that we must fall down and worship the image of himself which he has ...
— Wilfrid Cumbermede • George MacDonald

... his dual nature. In the tale of Janshah in The Arabian Nights we read of a race of split men who separated longitudinally, each half hopping about contentedly on its own account, and reuniting with its fellow at pleasure. If Burton in a pre-existent state—and he half believed in the Pre-existence of Souls—belonged to this race, and one of his halves became accidentally united to one of the halves of somebody else, the condition of affairs would be explicable. In any circumstances, he ...
— The Life of Sir Richard Burton • Thomas Wright

... as a kind of transmigration—an extension of the transformation idea, but involving no metempsychosis, no passing of the soul into another body by rebirth. Actual transmigration or rebirth occurs only at the end of the series, and, as in the case of Etain, Lug, etc., the pre-existent person is born of a woman after being swallowed by her. Possibly the transformation belief has reacted on the other, and obscured a belief in actual metempsychosis as a result of the soul of an ancestor passing into a woman and being reborn as her next child. Add to this that the ...
— The Religion of the Ancient Celts • J. A. MacCulloch



Words linked to "Pre-existent" :   preexist, preexistent, preexisting, antecedent



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