existential

adjective ex·is·ten·tial \ ˌeg-(ˌ)zi-ˈsten(t)-shəl , ˌek-(ˌ)si- \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

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

existentially

adverb

Examples of existential in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of existential

1656

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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