Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fact or state of existing; being.
  • n. The fact or state of continued being; life: our brief existence on Earth.
  • n. All that exists: sang the beauty of all existence.
  • n. A thing that exists; an entity.
  • n. A mode or manner of existing: scratched out a meager existence.
  • n. Specific presence; occurrence: The Geiger counter indicated the existence of radioactivity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being, existing, or occurring; beinghood.
  • n. empirical reality; the substance of the physical universe Dictionary of Philosophy; 1968

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of existing or being; actual possession of being; continuance in being
  • n. Continued or repeated manifestation; occurrence, as of events of any kind.
  • n. That which exists; a being; a creature; an entity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Actual being; being at a certain moment or throughout a certain period of time; being such as ordinary objects possess. See being.
  • n. Hence Life; vital or sentient being; state of life.
  • n. That which exists; that which actually is an individual thing; an actuality.
  • n. Reality; fact; truth.
  • n. In logic, presence in the universe, system, or total collection of individual objects considered.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. everything that exists anywhere
  • n. the state or fact of existing

Etymologies

From Old French existence, from Late Latin existentia ("existence"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bolzano took this dictum to be about existence in his own narrow sense of ˜existence™ or

    Slices of Matisse

  • If, rejecting the word Thing, we endeavour to find another of a more general import, or at least more exclusively confined to that general import, a word denoting all that exists, and connoting only simple existence; no word might be presumed fitter for such a purpose than _being_: originally the present participle of a verb which in one of its meanings is exactly equivalent to the verb _exist_; and therefore suitable, even by its grammatical formation, to be the concrete of the abstract _existence_.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • One of the things that make Glock pistols some of the safest in existence is their unique Safe Action System.

    i looked at a glock 27 today to use as a backup weapon for my job.

  • Any fictional character in existence is eligible for this list.

    The 100 Greatest Fictional Characters of All Time | Fandomania

  • A fine art facsimile edition of one of the greatest medieval illuminated manuscripts in existence is published by the British Library, in association with Faksimile Verlag Luzern, on 23 March 2007.

    March 2007

  • The book, one of seven in existence, is referenced in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

    SF Tidbits for 12/15/07

  • The science fiction now in existence is no longer "science."

    Who Killed Science Fiction?

  • I'll answer your first question: The finest salsa in existence is Salsa Magnifico's Raspberry Salsa, available for a piddling price considering what you get.

    A Very Specially Boring Day For Ferrett

  • She works on an antiquated computer (15 years old – the only other one of its type still in existence is in the Science Museum!).

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • Some have been in existence from the beginning and others come and go.

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