Definition of Existence

1. Noun. The state or fact of existing. "Laws in existence for centuries"

2. Noun. Everything that exists anywhere. "The biggest tree in existence"

Definition of Existence

1. n. 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.

Definition of Existence

1. Noun. The state of being, existing, or occurring; beinghood. ¹

2. Noun. empirical reality; the substance of the physical universe Dictionary of Philosophy; 1968 ¹

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Definition of Existence

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Medical Definition of Existence

1. 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. Origin: Cf. F. Existence. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Existence

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1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"OF OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE existence OF OTHER THINGS. 1. THE knowledge of our own being we have by intuition. The existence of a God, reason clearly makes ..."

2. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"It does not begin from conceptions, but from common experience, and requires a basis in actual existence. But this basis is insecure, unless it rests upon ..."

3. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1909)
"BEFORE entering on the subject of this chapter, I must make a few preliminary remarks, to show how the struggle for existence bears on Natural Selection. ..."

4. Primitive Culture: Researches Into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy by Edward Burnett Tylor (1903)
"Doctrine of Soul's existence after Death ; its main divisions, Transmigration and Future Life—Transmigration of Souls: re-birth in Human and Animal Bodies, ..."

5. The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War by Stephen Crane (1900)
"He turned now with a .lover's thirst to images of tranquil skies, fresh meadows; cool brooks—an existence of soft and eternal peace. ..."

6. Ontology Or the Theory of Being: An Introduction to General Metaphysics by Peter Coffey (1914)
"Those who think that the distinction between essence and existence in created things is a real distinction, hold that accidents as such have no existence of ..."

7. Freedom of Mind in Willing, Or, Every Being that Wills a Creative First Cause by Rowland Gibson Hazard, Caroline Hazard (1889)
"Of all that we believe, nothing is more certain than the existence of belief itself, constituting knowledge; and, of this knowledge the belief that there is ..."

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