existential


ex·is·ten·tial

adjective \ˌeg-(ˌ)zis-ˈten(t)-shəl, ˌek-(ˌ)sis-\

Definition of EXISTENTIAL

1
:  of, relating to, or affirming existence <existential propositions>
2
a :  grounded in existence or the experience of existence :  empirical
b :  having being in time and space
3
[translation of Danish eksistentiel & German existential] :  existentialist
ex·is·ten·tial·ly adverb

Examples of EXISTENTIAL

  1. <child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim believed that fairy tales help children cope with their existential anxieties and dilemmas>

First Known Use of EXISTENTIAL

1693

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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