Definitions for: Existence

[n] everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"
[n] the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*ist"ence, n. [Cf. F. existence.]
1. The state of existing or being; actual possession of
being; continuance in being; as, the existence of body and
of soul in union; the separate existence of the soul;
immortal existence.

The main object of our existence. --Lubbock.

2. Continued or repeated manifestation; occurrence, as of
events of any kind; as, the existence of a calamity or of
a state of war.

The existence therefore, of a phenomenon, is but
another word for its being perceived, or for the
inferred possibility of perceiving it. --J. S. Mill.

3. That which exists; a being; a creature; an entity; as,
living existences.

Synonyms: being, beingness, cosmos, creation, macrocosm, universe, world

Antonyms: nonbeing, nonentity, nonexistence

See Also: actuality, aliveness, animation, celestial body, coexistence, estraterrestrial body, eternity, extraterrestrial object, heavenly body, life, living, natural object, natural order, nature, possibility, possibleness, preexistence, presence, state, subsistence, timeless existence, timelessness, transcendence, transcendency

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