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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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British Dictionary definitions for nonexistential

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 nonexistential

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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