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existential

[eg-zi-sten-shuh l, ek-si-] /ˌɛg zɪˈstɛn ʃəl, ˌɛk sɪ-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to existence.
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of existentialism:
an existential hero.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Late Latin existentiālis relating to existing. See existence, -al1
Related forms
existentially, adverb
nonexistential, adjective
nonexistentially, adverb
unexistential, adjective
unexistentially, adverb
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Examples for existential
  • The future itself would stand in grave danger, for the failure of nuclear deterrence could pose an existential threat to humanity.
  • Terrorism is an existential condition and won't be defeated militarily.
  • For a science writer, this quandary is something close to existential.
  • If privileged white folks grappling with existential angst fills you with dread, this is a movie to avoid.
  • It's not merely existential angst: his concern is more practical.
  • From the point of view of relativity, a shadow (having no mass) is a non-thing, an existential void.
  • The band's shoegaze-punk fusion is an existential scream, blending anguish and beauty until their difference becomes meaningless.
  • It is hard not to be shaken by the passionate honesty and existential weight of this work.
  • The lone individual who refuses to accept conformist norms--the artist, the rebel--lives in existential dread and isolation.
  • It has already been proven that our existential views are not so ballasted by science nor wealth.
British Dictionary definitions for existential

existential

/ˌɛɡzɪˈstɛnʃəl/
adjective
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
noun (logic)
5.
  1. an existential statement or formula
  2. short for existential quantifier
Derived Forms
existentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for existential
adj.

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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