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esse

[es-se; English es-ee] /ˈɛs sɛ; English ˈɛs i/
noun, Latin.
1.
being; existence.

in esse

[in es-e; English in es-ee] /ɪn ˈɛs ɛ; English ɪn ˈɛs i/
Latin.
1.
in being; in actuality; in actual existence (contrasted with in posse).

ab esse

[ahb-es-se; English ab-es-ee] /ɑbˈɛs sɛ; English æbˈɛs i/
adjective, Latin.
1.

esse quam videri

[es-se kwahm wi-de-ree; English es-ee kwam vi-dair-ahy] /ˈɛs sɛ kwɑm ˈwɪ dɛ ri; English ˈɛs i kwæm vɪˈdɛər aɪ/
Latin.
1.
to be rather than to seem: motto of North Carolina.
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Examples from the web for esse
  • Along with these participles, the verb esse, which means to be, is used.
  • However, the future perfect uses the indicative future of esse as the auxiliary verb.
British Dictionary definitions for esse

esse

/ˈɛsɪ/
noun (philosophy)
1.
existence
2.
essential nature; essence
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: to be

in esse

/ɪn ˈɛsɪ/
adjective
1.
actually existing Compare in posse
Word Origin
Latin, literally: in being
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