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.

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin ex(s)istentia. See exist, -ence

postexistence, noun
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existence (ɪɡˈzɪstəns)
1.  the fact or state of existing; being
2.  the continuance or maintenance of life; living, esp in adverse circumstances: a struggle for existence; she has a wretched existence
3.  something that exists; a being or entity
4.  everything that exists, esp that is living

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. existence, from L.L. existentem "existent," prp. of L. existere "stand forth, appear," and, as a secondary meaning, "exist;" from ex- "forth" + sistere "cause to stand" (see assist).
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Example sentences
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
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.
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