existence


existence
existence, being, actuality are closely related in meaning but not always interchangeable.
Existence is the inclusive term which designates the state or condition of anything regarded as occurring in space or time, as distinct and apart from all other things, and as having a nature or substance of its own
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customs that have recently come into existence

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a mathematical point has no real existence

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wars that threaten the existence of civilization

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his misfortunes have existence only in his imagination

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concepts . . . are tyrants rather than servants when treated as real existencesCardozo

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The opposite of existence is its complete negation nonexistence.
Being, when it denotes existence, adds varying implications. Sometimes it implies life, consciousness, or personality
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in him we live, and move, and have our beingActs 17:28

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Sometimes it implies fullness or completeness of existence and absence of imperfection
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everything else is in a state of becoming, God is in a state of being —F. W. Robertson

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Sometimes it suggests the complex of qualities or characteristics that constitute the nature of a person or a personified thing
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all the forces of his being were massed behind one imperious resolve— Buchan

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Actuality as a synonym of existence stresses realization or attainment; it usually implies opposition to possibility or potentiality
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ambition is the spur that makes dreams come into actuality

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risks which have been seized upon as actualities when they have been merely potentialities— T. S. Eliot

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Analogous words: *state, condition, situation, status: subsisting or subsistence, living or life (see corresponding verbs at BE)
Antonyms: nonexistence

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  • existence — [ ɛgzistɑ̃s ] n. f. • XIVe; bas lat. existentia I ♦ 1 ♦ Philos. Le fait d être ou d exister, abstraction faite de ce qui est. ⇒ 2. être. Le Cogito de Descartes assure l homme de son existence. « Le sentiment de l existence dépouillé de toute… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Existence — 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. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • existence — Existence. s. f. v. Estat de ce qui existe. L existence de Dieu. l existence des choses creées. tout ce qui est au monde tient son existence de Dieu. cela n est plus en existence …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • existence — index entity, life (period of existence), materiality (physical existence), reality, survival Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • existence — late 14c., reality, from O.Fr. existence, from M.L. existentia/exsistentia, from existentem/exsistentem (nom. existens/exsistens) existent, prp. of L. existere/exsistere stand forth, appear, and, as a secondary meaning, exist, be; from ex …   Etymology dictionary

  • existence — [eg zis′təns, igzis′təns] n. [ME < OFr < ML existentia < prp. of L existere] 1. the act of existing; state or fact of being 2. continuance of being; life; living 3. occurrence; specific manifestation 4. a manner of existing, being, or… …   English World dictionary

  • existence — [n] life actuality, animation, being, breath, continuance, continuation, duration, endurance, entity, essence, hand one is dealt*, individuality, journey, lifing, permanence, perseverance, presence, rat race*, reality, real world*, something,… …   New thesaurus

  • existence — ► NOUN 1) the fact or state of existing. 2) a way of living. ORIGIN Latin existentia, from exsistere come into being …   English terms dictionary

  • Existence — For other uses, see Existence (disambiguation). Philosophy …   Wikipedia

  • Existence — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Existence (homonymie). L existence désigne le fait d être, d être de manière réelle. Sommaire 1 L existence en philosophie 1.1 L existence en métaphysique …   Wikipédia en Français


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