- a person or thing that exists.
Origin of existent
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Examples from the Web for existent
For how can that be separated from a thing that was not existent in it.The Sceptical Chymist
We find it existent and in control at the extreme reach of our investigations.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
God alone is the real existent, all else is an existent by virtue of him.
They then reflected on this existent and found that he was not weak; so they called him strong.
Until then he had been existent, sentient, but never until then alive.The Wind Bloweth
Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
- in existence; extant; current
- having existence; living
- a person or a thing that exists
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Word Origin and History for existent
1560s, a back-formation from existence, or else from Latin existentem/exsistentem (nominative existens/exsistens), present participle of existere/exsistere (see existence).
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