1. existential

adjective. ['ˌɛgˌzɪˈstɛnʃəl'] derived from experience or the experience of existence.


  • experiential
  • empirical


  • hypothetical
  • a priori
  • abstractive


  • existence (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • existentia (Latin)

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Example sentences of the word existential

1. Adjective
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Quotes containing the word existential

1. What is demanded of man is not, as some existential philosophers teach, to endure the meaninglessness of life, but rather to bear his incapacity to grasp its unconditional meaningfulness in rational terms.
- Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

2. Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential solitude.
- Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections

3. The desire to live life to its fullest, to acquire more knowledge, to abandon the economic treadmill, are all typical reactions to these experiences in altered states of consciousness. The previous fear of death is typically quelled. If the individual generally remains thereafter in the existential state of awareness, the deep internal feeling of eternity is quite profound and unshakable.
- Edgar D. Mitchell, The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds