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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Existence


EXIST'ENCE, noun The state of being or having essence; as the existence of body and of soul in union; the separate existence of the soul; immortal existence; temporal existence

1. Life; animation.

2. Continued being; duration; continuation. We speak of the existence of troubles or calamities, or of happiness. During the existence of national calamities, our pious ancestors always had recourse to prayer for divine aid.