existence

noun ex·is·tence \ ig-ˈzi-stən(t)s \

Definition of existence

1 a obsolete :reality as opposed to appearance
b :reality as presented in experience
c (1) :the totality of existent things
(2) :a particular being
  • all the fair existences of heaven
  • —John Keats
d :sentient or living being :life
2 a :the state or fact of having being especially independently of human consciousness and as contrasted with nonexistence
  • the existence of other worlds
b :the manner of being that is common to every mode of being
c :being with respect to a limiting condition or under a particular aspect
3 :actual or present occurrence
  • existence of a state of war

Examples of existence in a Sentence

  1. She began to doubt the existence of God.

  2. the existence of UFO's is something that people continue to argue about

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First Known Use of existence

15th century



EXISTENCE Defined for Kids

existence

noun ex·is·tence \ ig-ˈzi-stəns \

Definition of existence for Students

1 :the fact or the condition of being or of being real
  • The blue whale is the largest animal in existence.
2 :the state of being alive :life


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