Existential in a sentence as an adjective

If you want to get existential files don't exist.

While I've read a fair bit of existentialist works I've never seen this term, but I think I know what it means.

One head in particular treated the thing as a near-existential threat.

Normally stuff like this launched me into an existential crisis.

A thought that is worth possibly spreading: despite protests to the contrary, terrorism does not pose an existential threat.

If it weren't for that regulatory risk--existential in nature, really--I would still be working in the space.

"Once he reached the conclusion that the NSA's surveillance net would soon be irrevocable, he said it was just a matter of time before he chose to act. "What they're doing" poses "an existential threat to democracy", he said.

And in their search for an existential threat, the intelligence community seized on nuclear terrorism.

He's going to have to come up with a better strategy than buying every company that presents a potential existential threat though.

Their activities, such as appreciating music and searching for lovers, feel familiar, necessary and meaningful, but at the same time, the unsettling atmosphere prevents the existential questions from settling deeply repressed where they should be. Instead, we're left wondering, "Why are we doing this here?

They'll pinch pennies on benefits, lay people off for the slightest reason or no reason, and burn hours of time on psychotic, all-consuming performance review systems, while missing the ******* point, which is: the real existential risk is when innovation stops.

He might also want to go the extra mile on proving that he is no longer an existential threat to the American Way of Life, taking up a pastime such as computer gaming, putting in marathon Playstation sessions and completely ignoring the news.

Fear of mundane things giving you cancer; existential fear about the economy, which many of us don't even understand and as individuals, have no control over; fear of walking the streets alone at night; fear of getting sick if we don't use antibacterial soap after each bathroom trip.

I personally know of at least two marriages that ended in divorce for reasons entirely unrelated to the quality of the relationship - one or both parties had a mid-life crisis, tried to reinvent themselves to assuage their existential angst, divorced, utterly alienated their partner in the process and ended up bitterly regretting it.

Existential definitions


derived from experience or the experience of existence; "the rich experiential content of the teachings of the older philosophers"- Benjamin Farrington; "formal logicians are not concerned with existential matters"- John Dewey

See also: experiential


of or as conceived by existentialism; "an existential moment of choice"


relating to or dealing with existence (especially with human existence)