Origin of Exist
From French exister, from Latin existō (“to stand forth, come forth, arise, be”), from ex (“out”) + sistere (“to set, place”), caus. of stare (“to stand”); see stand. Compare assist, consist, desist, insist, persist, resist.
Latin existere, exsistere to come forth, be manifest ex- ex- sistere to stand stā- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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