[ek-stuh nt, ik-stant]
- in existence; still existing; not destroyed or lost: There are only three extant copies of the document.
- Archaic. standing out; protruding.
Origin of extant
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She appears to have been of Picardy, and other extant and non-extant works are attributed to her.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
Incerta pro nullis habetur—What is uncertain 50 is to be treated as non-extant.
Is the Past annihilated, then, or only past; is the Future non-extant, or only future?
After 1610 comparatively few plays of importance are non-extant, and few of the extant plays are anonymous.Tragedy
Ashley H. Thorndike
The Decrees of that Sixty are not so much as rescinded; they are declared null and non-extant.The French Revolution
- still in existence; surviving
- archaic standing out; protruding
C16: from Latin exstāns standing out, from exstāre, from stāre to stand
Extant is sometimes wrongly used simply to say that something exists, without any connotation of survival: plutonium is perhaps the deadliest element in existence (not the deadliest element extant)
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Word Origin and History for non-extant
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