existence

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛɡ.ˈzɪs.təns/, /ɪɡ.ˈzɪs.təns/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

existence (countable and uncountable, plural existences)

  1. The state of being, existing, or occurring; beinghood.
    Synonyms: presence
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in 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”, 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.
    In order to destroy evil, we must first acknowledge its existence.
  2. Empirical reality; the substance of the physical universe. (Dictionary of Philosophy; 1968)

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Czech[edit]

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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

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