Definition of existence in English:


Syllabification: ex·ist·ence
Pronunciation: /igˈzistəns


  • 1The fact or state of living or having objective reality: the plane was the oldest Boeing remaining in existence the need to acknowledge the existence of a problem
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    • Heralded the most valuable natural object in existence, on a weight to weight basis, experts believe that the diamond is the only one of its kind.
    • He was called away from temporal existence on November 12.
    • In fact, this arrangement may be the only one in existence anywhere in the United States.
  • 1.1Continued survival: she helped to keep the company alive when its very existence was threatened
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    • The Jewish working class, not entirely without reason, identified its own survival with the continued existence of this state.
    • The commercial director has been charged with the job of getting the club's finances back in order with the serious situation threatening its very existence.
    • It's not a threat to national security, it's not threatening the continued existence of Australia as a nation state, or anything like that.
    actuality, being, existing, reality; survival, continuation
  • 1.2A way of living: living in a city was more expensive than a rural existence
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    • After living on a commune, he and his wife moved to Burlington, joining so many other back-to-the-landers looking to flee their harried urban existences.
    • The reward for the risk taken pays rent, feeds children, and supports a subsistence level existence.
    • An odd sort of surrealness has glazed over the events of the past two weeks as I continue my relatively peaceful existence on my college campus.
    way of life, way of living, life, lifestyle
  • 1.3Any of a person’s supposed current, future, or past lives on this earth: reaping the consequences of evil deeds sown in previous existences
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    • The purpose of such rites is to separate people from a previous existence.
    • Both could recall memories of previous existences on Earth and indeed this idea is a very natural one given the cyclical nature of time as observed in the seasons and years.
    • In previous existences, this electronic engineer brought cable TV to Sligo and helped get Sligo airport off the ground.
  • 1.4 archaic A being or entity.
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    • There is no limit to the ever-increasing number of deified existences.
  • 1.5All that exists.
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    • I don't know, and don't care, because in either case it does not affect my reality and my place in existence.
    • Eventually the stars would burn out and a curtain of frozen darkness would enshroud all existence.


late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin existentia, from Latin exsistere 'come into being', from ex- 'out' + sistere 'take a stand'.

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