Definition of existential in English:


Line breaks: ex¦ist|en¦tial
Pronunciation: /ˌɛɡzɪˈstɛnʃ(ə)l


1Relating to existence.
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  • So I've been going through an existential reckoning lately, in which I'm in the process of critically examining what I'm doing with my life and why I'm doing it.
  • Nashe in The Music of Chance has a compulsion to doubt - the ‘ordinary’ characters are only marginal figures - engaged in a cycle of powerful existential anguish.
  • Yet, although their tackling of such existential matters displays a maturity that few of their hard-rocking colleagues ever come near, the means of delivery can at times seem adolescent.
1.1 Philosophy Concerned with existentialism.
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  • The existential philosopher Martin Heidegger precedes Foucault in attempting to understand the historical conditionalitics of Being
  • As a statement of existential ontology this says nothing about which affective states are most prevalent.
  • She argues that Mary Daly, like Tillich, correlates existential questions with ontological/theological concerns.
1.2 Logic (Of a proposition) affirming or implying the existence of a thing.
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  • Life after Rupert - soon to be 72 - may be the most existential proposition in business today.
  • Peirce aimed to extend Venn's system in expressive power with respect to the first two kinds of propositions, i.e., existential and disjunctive statements.
  • So, singular negative existential propositions are no less paradoxical than are general ones.


late 17th century: from late Latin existentialis, from existentia (see existence).



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  • One thing I won't do is put the central characters into a beach-party situation and have them talking existentially about why they surf.
  • I've lived existentially for 25 years, imagining a moment at a time.
  • A lot of Bresson's work has been read to have spiritual transcendence, yet also can be read existentially, politically and morally.

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