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[en-ti-tee] /ˈɛn tɪ ti/
noun, plural entities.
something that has a real existence; thing:
corporeal entities.
being or existence, especially when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained:
He conceived of society as composed of particular entities requiring special treatment.
essential nature:
The entity of justice is universality.
Origin of entity
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin entitās, equivalent to enti- (stem of ēns), present participle of esse to be + -tās -ty2
Related forms
[en-ti-tey-tiv] /ˈɛn tɪˌteɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA),
entitatively, adverb Unabridged
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  • It would not be in keeping with His economy to have any entity wasted.

  • "The town" was an entity of which each man felt himself a part.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • But is to lose "one's" chance of attaining soul, self, or entity.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • This entity was supposed to be 'John King,' the psychic's control.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • He continues to live, but he has lost his integrity as an entity.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for entity


noun (pl) -ties
something having real or distinct existence; a thing, esp when considered as independent of other things
existence or being
the essence or real nature
Derived Forms
entitative (ˈɛntɪtətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin entitās, from ēns being; see ens
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Word Origin and History for entity

1590s, from Late Latin entitatem (nominative entitas), from ens (genitive entis) "a thing," proposed by Caesar as present participle of esse "be" (see is), to render Greek philosophical term to on "that which is" (from neuter of present participle of einai "to be;" see essence). Originally abstract; concrete sense in English is from 1620s.

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