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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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