Pronunciation: (ig-zis'tuns), [key]
1. the state or fact of existing; being.
2. continuance in being or life; life: a struggle for existence.
3. mode of existing: They were working for a better existence.
4. all that exists: Existence shows a universal order.
5. something that exists; entity; being.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.