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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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In order to discuss the dictum, I will distinguish the statement, "nothing exists," from positive existential statements, that is, those that designate or imply a designation of something (either a thing or a kind of thing or thing as such) in terms of its features--for instance, "something that is alive exists" or "something that understands exists" or "something that is temporal exists.
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How one creates and measures existential pain in test subjects is a bit complex.
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