existence

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Morphologically exist +‎ -ence.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛɡˈzɪs.təns/, /ɪɡˈzɪs.təns/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

existence (countable and uncountable, plural existences)

  1. The state of being, existing, or occurring; beinghood.
    Synonym: presence
    In order to destroy evil, we must first acknowledge its existence.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 71:
      Fortunate it is for the tranquillity of the new-born infant, if he have any turn for philosophy, that he understands none of the nonsense consecrated by old usage to the commencement of existence.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter I, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
      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”, in 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.
    • 2020 June 29, Wendi, “The Loyal General Yue Fei”, in Minghui[1]:
      The ancients said, “A ruler should exist for the existence of the people.” The famous thinker, Mencius noted, “The people are the most valuable, then the country, and the ruler comes last.”
  2. Empirical reality; the substance of the physical universe. (Dictionary of Philosophy; 1968)

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Latin existentia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈɛɡzɪstɛnt͡sɛ]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: exi‧s‧ten‧ce
  • Rhymes: -ɛntsɛ

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existence f

  1. existence

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  • existence in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • existence in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

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
    Synonym: vie

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