Webster 1913 Edition
The state of existing or being; actual possession of being; continuance in being;
existenceof body and of soul in union; the separate
existenceof the soul; immortal
The main object of our
Continued or repeated manifestation; occurrence, as of events of any kind;
existenceof a calamity or of a state of war
existencetherefore, of a phenomenon, is but another word for its being perceived, or for the inferred possibility of perceiving it.
J. S. Mill.
That which exists; a being; a creature; an entity;
Webster 1828 Edition
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.