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existential

1. Philosophy pertaining to what exists, and is thus known by experience rather than reason; empirical as opposed to theoretical
2. Logic denoting or relating to a formula or proposition asserting the existence of at least one object fulfilling a given condition; containing an existential quantifier
3. Logic an existential statement or formula short for existential quantifier
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The unnamed narrator gradually discovers that he is, existentially, the sum total of the choices he makes, or, in Sartre's words, "nothing other than what he makes of himself" (18).
General Peter Pace, former US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said we may see the threat (of terrorism) differently, but we are existentially threatened.
You don't know what to expect because it's just completely, existentially out of anything that you've ever experienced before and it's quite indescribable.
Archibald Snatcher (a deliciously snarling Ben Kingsley), having promised to rid the town of the Boxtrolls, hunts them with his existentially confused henchmen (Richard Ayoade, Nick Frost), who -- in the movie's cleverest bit -- are in a quandary over whether they've unwittingly become bad guys.
In the sex act even though two bodies are separate, it is as if they become one existentially.
Whatever the sources of their dedication, it seems existentially admirable and magnificently efficacious.
In recent years, Reo has become a master of the vocoder, her voice on 2013's Olive Juice harmonized until her singing seems to come from an army of existentially despairing dolls.
Existentially ghosts lie between fact and fiction, between the orbits of believer and nonbeliever, and provide bounteous fodder for storytelling, literature, and film.
Bultmann's approach relied on his concept of demythology, and interpreted the mythological elements in the New Testament existentially.
Being popular without knowing how you got there or how long it will last is an existentially troubling idea.
A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION DEPENDS EXISTENTIALLY on the water (and waterpower) of one or more of the globe's major transnational river systems.