Word definition: existence
[n] the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"
being, beingness, cosmos, creation, macrocosm, universe, world
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
\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.