Does potential energy exist because conservative forces exist?

Can a system of objects that interact with dissipative forces have potential energy?

Yes. Consider the non-conservative force of air resistance. You can lift a rock 20m into the air and drop it and as it is falling it is experiencing both conservative forces (gravity) and non-conservative forces (air resistance).

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