What does existence mean?

Definitions for existence
ɪgˈzɪs tənsex·is·tence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. being, beingness, existencenoun

    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, macrocosmnoun

    everything that exists anywhere

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

Wiktionary

  1. existencenoun

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

    Most people doubt the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

    Etymology: From existence, from existentia.

  2. existencenoun

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

    Etymology: From existence, from existentia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Existencenoun

    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. Existencenoun

    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. Existencenoun

    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  

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

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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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. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Every day we have a special reason to make a good celebration! And that reason is our very existence!

  2. Tom Fitton:

    Judicial Watch has confirmed the existence of draft indictments of Hillary Clinton for her lies and obstruction in the Whitewater bank fraud investigation, the Obama administration is refusing to release these records out of concern for Hillary Clinton's privacy.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    You are educated when you learn to coexist with others and as a result you enhance the whole existence.

  4. Andrew Chamberlain:

    The existence of these measuring devices implies an advanced knowledge in prehistoric Britain of geometry and of the mathematical properties of circles.

  5. Wasserman Schultz:

    We have a concept of l'dor v'dor -- from generation to generation -- there's nothing more important to me, as a Jew, than to ensure Israel's existence is there throughout our generations.

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