[ig-zis-tuh ns]


the state or fact of existing; being.
continuance in being or life; life: a struggle for existence.
mode of existing: They were working for a better existence.
all that exists: Existence shows a universal order.
something that exists; entity; being.

Nearby words

  1. exile,
  2. exilic,
  3. eximious,
  4. exine,
  5. exist,
  6. existence theorem,
  7. existent,
  8. existential,
  9. existential psychology,
  10. existential quantifier

Origin of existence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word ex(s)istentia. See exist, -ence

Related formspost·ex·ist·ence, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for existence



the fact or state of existing; being
the continuance or maintenance of life; living, esp in adverse circumstancesa struggle for existence; she has a wretched existence
something that exists; a being or entity
everything that exists, esp that is living
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Word Origin and History for existence



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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