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.
n 1: the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually
coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"
[syn: being, beingness] [ant: nonexistence, nonbeing]
2: everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution
of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence" [syn: universe,
creation, world, cosmos, macrocosm]