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ex·is·ten·tial

 (ĕg′zĭ-stĕn′shəl, ĕk′sĭ-)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or dealing with existence.
2. Based on experience; empirical.
3. Of or as conceived by existentialism or existentialists: an existential moment of choice.
4. Linguistics Of or relating to a construction or part of a construction that indicates existence, as the words there is in the sentence There is a cat on the mat.
n. Linguistics
An existential word or construction.

ex′is·ten′tial·ly adv.

existential

(ˌɛɡzɪˈstɛnʃəl)
adj
1. of or relating to existence, esp human existence
2. (Philosophy) philosophy pertaining to what exists, and is thus known by experience rather than reason; empirical as opposed to theoretical
3. (Logic) logic denoting or relating to a formula or proposition asserting the existence of at least one object fulfilling a given condition; containing an existential quantifier
4. (Philosophy) of or relating to existentialism
n
(Logic)
a. an existential statement or formula
ˌexisˈtentially adv

ex•is•ten•tial

(ˌɛg zɪˈstɛn ʃəl, ˌɛk sɪ-)

adj.
1. pertaining to existence.
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of existentialism.
[1685–95; < Late Latin]
ex`is•ten′tial•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.existential - derived from experience or the experience of existence; "the rich experiential content of the teachings of the older philosophers"- Benjamin Farrington; "formal logicians are not concerned with existential matters"- John Dewey
empirical, empiric - derived from experiment and observation rather than theory; "an empirical basis for an ethical theory"; "empirical laws"; "empirical data"; "an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known"
2.existential - of or as conceived by existentialism; "an existential moment of choice"
3.existential - relating to or dealing with existence (especially with human existence)
Translations

existential

[ˌegzɪsˈtenʃəl] ADJexistencial

existential

[ˌɛgzɪˈstɛnʃəl] adj
[question] → existentiel(le)
[fear, anxiety] → existentiel(le)

existential

existential

[ˌɛgzɪsˈtɛnʃl] adj (frm) → esistenziale
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