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[eg-zi-sten-shuh l, ek-si-]
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  1. pertaining to existence.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of existentialism: an existential hero.
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Origin of existential

First recorded in 1685–95, existential is from the Late Latin word existentiālis relating to existing. See existence, -al1
Related formsex·is·ten·tial·ly, adverbnon·ex·is·ten·tial, adjectivenon·ex·is·ten·tial·ly, adverbun·ex·is·ten·tial, adjectiveun·ex·is·ten·tial·ly, adverb
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experiential, factual, empirical, observational, observed, pragmatic, subjective

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British Dictionary definitions for existential


  1. of or relating to existence, esp human existence
  2. philosophy pertaining to what exists, and is thus known by experience rather than reason; empirical as opposed to theoretical
  3. logic denoting or relating to a formula or proposition asserting the existence of at least one object fulfilling a given condition; containing an existential quantifier
  4. of or relating to existentialism
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noun logic
    1. an existential statement or formula
    2. short for existential quantifier
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Derived Formsexistentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for existential


1690s, "pertaining to existence," from Late Latin existentialis/exsistentialis, from existentia/exsistentia (see existence). As a term in logic, from 1819; in philosophy, from 1937, tracing back to the Danish works of Kierkegaard (see existentialism). Related: Existentially.

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