Origin of existential
Examples from the Web for existential
I often find myself in the toy aisle, having an existential crisis.
Albert Camus used violence as a means of exploring meaning, or lack thereof, in his existential novels.Is ‘Satisfaction’ a Love Story That’s Too Real About Sex and Marriage?|David Masciotra|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No one wants to go through life in a state of moral and existential ambiguity.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!|Michael Carson|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I had no interest in exploring the philosophical or existential layers of a cartoon show.
Only people who have gone through genocide can fully comprehend such an existential threat.
They lead to a feeling of existential frustration: a person's will to find meaning is blocked.When You Don't Know Where to Turn|Steven J. Bartlett
This distinction of indication as existential and implication as conceptual or essential, I owe to Mr. Alfred Sidgwick.Essays in Experimental Logic|John Dewey
Meinong insists upon an existential judgment, a judgment that the object valued is real, as essential to value.Social Value|B. M. Anderson
Modal, impersonal, existential judgments are all accounted for.
One passes at will from existential connexions of things to logical relationship of terms.Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for existential
- an existential statement or formula
- short for existential quantifier
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.