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Existence

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Exi'stence.
Exi'stency.
n.s. [existentia, low Latin.] State of being; actual possession of being.

Nor is only the existency of this animal considerable, but many things delivered thereof. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. iii.

It is impossible any being can be eternal with successive eternal physical changes, or variety of states or manner of existency, naturally and necessarily concomitant unto it. Hale.

The soul, secur'd in her existence, smiles
At the drawn dagger, and defies its point.
Addison's Cato.

When a being is considered as possible, it is said to have an essence or nature; such were all things before the creation. When it is considered as actual, then it is said to have existence also. Watts's Logick.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Browne, Thomas (204) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Existence." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 11, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15260.


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