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Pertaining to a branch of philosophy, existentialism, concerned with the search for the meaning of one's own existence, that has been extended into existential psychotherapy.
[L. existentia, existence]


(ĕg′zĭ-stĕn′shəl, ĕk′sĭ-)
1. Of, relating to, or dealing with existence.
2. Based on experience; empirical.
3. Of or as conceived by existentialism or existentialists: an existential moment of choice.
4. Linguistics Of or relating to a construction or part of a construction that indicates existence, as the words there is in the sentence There is a cat on the mat.
n. Linguistics
An existential word or construction.

ex′is·ten′tial·ly adv.
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Nonetheless, some authors hold the notion that the time period of adolescence is when many people first encounter issues related to existentialism (Chessick, 1996; Damon, Menon, & Bronk, 2000; Ellsworth, 1999; Fry, 1998; Hacker, 1994).
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I would have said, and did, when pressed by my father-in-law for a definition over supper, that existentialism is putting yourself centre-stage and taking responsibility for your actions.
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