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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  existence 
  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}, 
  {nature},  {creation},  {world},  {cosmos},  {macrocosm}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  EXISTENCE,  n. 
 
  A  transient,  horrible,  fantastic  dream, 
  Wherein  is  nothing  yet  all  things  do  seem: 
  From  which  we're  wakened  by  a  friendly  nudge 
  Of  our  bedfellow  Death,  and  cry:  "O  fudge!" 
 
 




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