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ex·is·tence

 (ĭg-zĭs′təns)
n.
1. The fact or state of existing; being.
2. The fact or state of continued being; life: our brief existence on Earth.
3.
a. All that exists: sang the beauty of all existence.
b. A thing that exists; an entity.
4. A mode or manner of existing: scratched out a meager existence.
5. Specific presence; occurrence: The Geiger counter indicated the existence of radioactivity.
Synonyms: existence, actuality, being
These nouns denote the fact or state of existing: laws in existence for centuries; an idea progressing from possibility to actuality; a nation that came into being after much turmoil.

existence

(ɪɡˈzɪstəns)
n
1. the fact or state of existing; being
2. the continuance or maintenance of life; living, esp in adverse circumstances: a struggle for existence; she has a wretched existence.
3. something that exists; a being or entity
4. everything that exists, esp that is living

ex•ist•ence

(ɪgˈzɪs təns)

n.
1. the state or fact of existing; being.
2. continuance in being or life; life: a struggle for existence.
3. mode of existing: They were working for a better existence.
4. all that exists.
5. something that exists; entity.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.existence - the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
actuality - the state of actually existing objectively; "a hope that progressed from possibility to actuality"
timeless existence, timelessness, eternity - a state of eternal existence believed in some religions to characterize the afterlife
preexistence - existing in a former state or previous to something else
coexistence - existing peacefully together
subsistence - the state of existing in reality; having substance
presence - the state of being present; current existence; "he tested for the presence of radon"
life - the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living; "he hoped for a new life in Australia"; "he wanted to live his own life without interference from others"
aliveness, animation, living, life - the condition of living or the state of being alive; "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
life - a characteristic state or mode of living; "social life"; "city life"; "real life"
transcendence, transcendency - a state of being or existence above and beyond the limits of material experience
possibleness, possibility - capability of existing or happening or being true; "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
nonentity, nonexistence - the state of not existing
2.existence - everything that exists anywhereexistence - everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"
natural object - an object occurring naturally; not made by man
extragalactic nebula, galaxy - (astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and dust; "`extragalactic nebula' is a former name for `galaxy'"
celestial body, heavenly body - natural objects visible in the sky
closed universe - (cosmology) a universe that is spatially closed and in which there is sufficient matter to halt the expansion that began with the big bang; the visible matter is only 10 percent of the matter required for closure but there may be large amounts of dark matter
estraterrestrial body, extraterrestrial object - a natural object existing outside the earth and outside the earth's atmosphere
natural order - the physical universe considered as an orderly system subject to natural (not human or supernatural) laws
nature - the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.; "they tried to preserve nature as they found it"

existence

noun
1. reality, being, life, survival, duration, endurance, continuation, subsistence, actuality, continuance Public worries about accidents are threatening the very existence of the nuclear power industry.
2. life, situation, way of life, life style the man who rescued her from her wretched existence
3. creation, life, the world, reality, the human condition, this mortal coil pondering the mysteries of existence
in existence surviving, remaining, functioning, operative, in force, existent, in operation, extant, undestroyed It is the only one of its kind that is in existence.
Quotations
"I think; therefore I am" [René Descartes Discourse on Method]
"Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve" [Erich Fromm Man For Himself]

existence

noun
1. The fact or state of existing or of being actual:
2. The period during which someone or something exists:
day (often used in plural), duration, life, lifetime, span, term.
3. One that exists independently:
Translations
حَياة، بَقاءوُجود
existence
beståeneksistenslevevis
ekzistado
olemassaolo
egzistencijapostojanje
tilveratilvist, líf
existenciaplatnosť
obstoj
existens

existence

[ɪgˈzɪstəns] Nexistencia f; (= way of life) → vida f
to be in existenceexistir
to come into existencenacer
the only one in existenceel único existente

existence

[ɪgˈzɪstəns] nexistence f
to be in existence → exister

existence

n
Existenz f; (of custom, tradition, institution)Bestehen nt, → Existenz f; to be in existenceexistieren, bestehen; to come into existenceentstehen; (person)auf die Welt kommen; to go out of existencezu bestehen or existieren aufhören; do you believe in the existence of God?glauben Sie daran, dass Gott existiert?, glauben Sie an die Existenz Gottes?; the continued existence of slaverydas Weiterbestehen or der Fortbestand der Sklaverei; the only one in existenceder Einzige, den es gibt
(= life)Leben nt, → Dasein nt, → Existenz f; a miserable existenceein elendes Leben, ein trostloses Dasein; means of existenceLebensunterhalt m

existence

[ɪgˈzɪstns] nesistenza
to be in existence → esistere
to come into existence → essere creato/a
the only one in existence → l'unico esistente

exist

(igˈzist) verb
1. to be something real or actual. Do ghosts really exist?
2. to stay alive; to continue to live. It is possible to exist on bread and water.
exˈistence noun
1. the state of existing. He does not believe in the existence of God; How long has this rule been in existence?
2. (a way of) life. an uneventful existence.
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes he looked at David and smiled happily and then for a long time he appeared to forget the boy's existence.
But I have reason to believe that in this section of Copan is a large city, the existence of which has not been made certain of by any one save myself--and, perhaps, Professor Beecher.
This guarded mode of existence was like living under a tyranny.
Now, flanked by its dozen or more cottages, which were always filled with exclusive visitors from the "Quartier Francais," it enabled Madame Lebrun to maintain the easy and comfortable existence which appeared to be her birthright.
The fierceness of his countenance now seemed to slumber, and in its place was to be seen the quiet, vacant composure which distinguishes an Indian warrior, when his faculties are not required for any of the greater purposes of his existence.
No written record of this dispute is known to be in existence.
Some authors, indeed, do far more than this, and indulge themselves in such confidential depths of revelation as could fittingly be addressed only and exclusively to the one heart and mind of perfect sympathy; as if the printed book, thrown at large on the wide world, were certain to find out the divided segment of the writer's own nature, and complete his circle of existence by bringing him into communion with it.
Concerning the officers of the whale-craft, this seems as good a place as any to set down a little domestic peculiarity on ship-board, arising from the existence of the harpooneer class of officers, a class unknown of course in any other marine than the whale-fleet.
It seemed that the Jeroboam had not long left home, when upon speaking a whale-ship, her people were reliably apprised of the existence of Moby Dick, and the havoc he had made.
It simply warns him that we have lately become aware of the existence of a private Document, controlling the deceased gentleman in his use of the legacy devised to him by Mr.
It will be impossible for anyone who has read this book not to believe in the existence of the pushmi-pullyu, who would be credible enough even were there no drawing of it, but the picture on page 145 settles the matter of his truth once and for all.
Nothing can be more evident, than that an exclusive power of regulating elections for the national government, in the hands of the State legislatures, would leave the existence of the Union entirely at their mercy.