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existence

[ig-zis-tuh ns] /ɪgˈzɪs təns/
noun
1.
the state or fact of existing; being.
2.
continuance in being or life; life:
a struggle for existence.
3.
mode of existing:
They were working for a better existence.
4.
all that exists:
Existence shows a universal order.
5.
something that exists; entity; being.
Origin of existence
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word ex(s)istentia. See exist, -ence
Related forms
postexistence, noun
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  • Paralus breathes and moves, but is apparently unconscious of existence in this world.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • To Kate, for instance, she was a necessity of existence, like light or air.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Its calmness gave the impression of a wisdom behind it that had no existence.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Built on fear and run by fear, fear is as essential to their existence as coal to our industries.

  • My home life—if existence in a studio can be so called—was merry.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for existence

existence

/ɪɡˈzɪstəns/
noun
1.
the fact or state of existing; being
2.
the continuance or maintenance of life; living, esp in adverse circumstances: a struggle for existence, she has a wretched existence
3.
something that exists; a being or entity
4.
everything that exists, esp that is living
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Word Origin and History for existence
n.

late 14c., "reality," from Old French existence, from Medieval Latin existentia/exsistentia, from existentem/exsistentem (nominative existens/exsistens) "existent," present participle of Latin existere/exsistere "stand forth, appear," and, as a secondary meaning, "exist, be;" from ex- "forth" (see ex-) + sistere "cause to stand" (see assist).

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