state of being, existence, being, reality MN.i.486; SN.ii.17 (˚añ c˚ eva natthitañ ca to be and not to be); SN.iii.135; Ja.v.110 (kassaci atthitaṃ vā natthitaṃ vā jānāhi see if there is anybody or not); Dhs-a.394
■ Often in abl. atthitāya by reason of, on account of, this being so Dhp-a.iii.344 (idamatthitāya under this condition) Pv-a.94, Pv-a.97, Pv-a.143.

f. abstr. fr. atthi cp. atthibhāva