existence

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

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛɡ.ˈzɪ.stɛnts/, /ɪɡ.ˈzɪ.stɛnts/
  • (file)

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existence (countable and uncountable, plural existences)

  1. The state of being, existing, or occurring; beinghood.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
      However, with the dainty volume my quondam friend sprang into fame. At the same time he cast off the chrysalis of a commonplace existence.
    • 2012 March-April, Jeremy Bernstein, “A Palette of Particles”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 146: 
      The physics of elementary particles in the 20th century was distinguished by the observation of particles whose existence had been predicted by theorists sometimes decades earlier.
    Most people doubt the existence of the Loch Ness monster.
  2. Empirical reality; the substance of the physical universe. (Dictionary of Philosophy; 1968)

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existence f

  1. existence

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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existence f (plural existences)

  1. existence
  2. life

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