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[ig-zis-tuh ns] /ɪgˈzɪs təns/
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.
Origin of existence
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin ex(s)istentia. See exist, -ence
Related forms
postexistence, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for existence
  • Real-world math problems: for many of us, they were the bane of our existence during high school.
  • The world will be a better place to live in by virtue of his existence and his presence.
  • Nevertheless, speculation continued over the existence of some form of life, in either the present or past.
  • Obviously, one cannot provide evidence for the non-existence of anything.
  • The very existence of this planet, however, is controversial.
  • Disney World is known as the happiest place on earth, and children all over the world rejoice in its existence.
  • Obsessed with the utter mystery of human existence, he made connections where others saw nothing to pause over.
  • It has confirmed the existence of thousands of remote galaxies and of black holes.
  • He is today's outlaw celebrity, living a nomadic existence with his family.
  • The city came into existence because of the railroad in 1886.
British Dictionary definitions for existence


the fact or state of existing; being
the continuance or maintenance of life; living, esp in adverse circumstances: a 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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