WORD ORIGIN noun, plural en·ti·ties. 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,
), present participle of
to be +
-tās -ty 2 Related forms en·ti·ta·tive , [ en-ti-tey-tiv] /ˈɛn tɪˌteɪ tɪv/ adjective en·ti·ta·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for entitative noun plural -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 for entity
C16: from Medieval Latin
entitās, from ēns being; see ens
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Word Origin and History for entitative n.
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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