[ en-ti-tee ]
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noun,plural en·ti·ties.
  1. something that has a real existence; thing: corporeal entities.

  2. being or existence, especially when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained: He conceived of society as composed of particular entities requiring special treatment.

  1. essential nature: The entity of justice is universality.

Origin of entity

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Medieval Latin entitās, from enti-, stem of ēns “being” (present participle of esse “to be”; cf. essence ) + -tās -ty2

Other words from entity

  • 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 entity


/ (ˈɛntɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. something having real or distinct existence; a thing, esp when considered as independent of other things

  2. existence or being

  1. the essence or real nature

Origin of entity

C16: from Medieval Latin entitās, from ēns being; see ens

Derived forms of entity

  • entitative (ˈɛntɪtətɪv), adjective

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