What does existence mean?

Definitions for existence
ɪgˈzɪs tənsex·is·tence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. being, beingness, existence(noun)

    the state or fact of existing

    "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"

  2. universe, existence, creation, world, cosmos, macrocosm(noun)

    everything that exists anywhere

    "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"

Wiktionary

  1. existence(Noun)

    The state of being, existing, or occurring; beinghood.

    Most people doubt the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

    Etymology: From existence, from existentia.

  2. existence(Noun)

    empirical reality; the substance of the physical universe Dictionary of Philosophy; 1968

    Etymology: From existence, from existentia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Existence(noun)

    the state of existing or being; actual possession of being; continuance in being; as, the existence of body and of soul in union; the separate existence of the soul; immortal existence

    Etymology: [Cf. F. existence.]

  2. Existence(noun)

    continued or repeated manifestation; occurrence, as of events of any kind; as, the existence of a calamity or of a state of war

    Etymology: [Cf. F. existence.]

  3. Existence(noun)

    that which exists; a being; a creature; an entity; as, living existences

    Etymology: [Cf. F. existence.]

Freebase

  1. Existence

    Existence has been variously defined by sources. In common usage, it is the world one is aware or conscious of through one's senses, and that persists independently in one's absence. Other definitions describe it as everything that 'is', or more simply, everything. Some define it to be everything that most people believe in. Aristotle relates the concept to causality. Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence or reality in general, as well as of the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences. A lively debate continues about the existence of God. Epistemology studies criteria of truth, defining "primary truths" inherently accepted in the investigation of knowledge. The first is existence. It is inherent in every analysis. Its self-evident, a priori nature cannot be consistently doubted, since a person objecting to existence according to some standard of proof must implicitly accept the standard's existence as a premise.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. existence

    1. A metaphysical term which originally meant joy, but which since the beginning of the Christian era has come to mean pain. 2. To be (used only in the phrase "to be damned"). 3. Merely to live, without eating or drinking. (In London, Paris and New York, this phenomenon is quite common.)

Editors Contribution

  1. existence

    To exist.

    Existence is the reality of to exist.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'existence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1534

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'existence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4203

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'existence' in Nouns Frequency: #713

How to pronounce existence?

  1. Alex
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say existence in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of existence in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of existence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of existence in a Sentence

  1. Nicolas Maloufi:

    We live a precarious existence.

  2. Buddha:

    The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If a country has a fascist leader, this is a great horror for that country; but there is much greater horror: The existence of ignorant and unethical masses who support that primitive leader!

  4. Dustin Duncan:

    This poses a challenge because the first step in addressing a health problem is to acknowledge its existence.

  5. Andrew Schneider:

    Real meaningful endeavours, the biggies in human existence, often require the sacrifice of others.

Images & Illustrations of existence

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