from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The fact or state of existing; being.
  • noun The fact or state of continued being; life.
  • noun All that exists.
  • noun A thing that exists; an entity.
  • noun A mode or manner of existing.
  • noun Specific presence; occurrence.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun everything that exists anywhere
  • noun the state or fact of existing


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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