existence

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noun ex·is·tence \ig-ˈzi-stən(t)s\

Definition of existence

  1. 1a obsolete :  reality as opposed to appearanceb :  reality as presented in experiencec (1) :  the totality of existent things (2) :  a particular being all the fair existences of heaven — John Keatsd :  sentient or living being :  life

  2. 2a :  the state or fact of having being especially independently of human consciousness and as contrasted with nonexistence the existence of other worldsb :  the manner of being that is common to every mode of beingc :  being with respect to a limiting condition or under a particular aspect

  3. 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

15th Century

First Known Use of existence

15th century



EXISTENCE Defined for Kids

existence

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noun ex·is·tence \ig-ˈzi-stəns\

Definition of existence for Students

  1. 1 :  the fact or the condition of being or of being real The blue whale is the largest animal in existence.

  2. 2 :  the state of being alive :  life



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