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[ig-zis-tuh nt]
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  1. existing; having existence.
  2. now existing.
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  1. a person or thing that exists.
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Origin of existent

1555–65; < Latin existent- (stem of existēns), present participle of existere to exist; see -ent
Related formsqua·si-ex·ist·ent, adjectiveun·ex·ist·ent, adjective
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Related Words for existent

existing, real, actual, contemporary, current, immediate, now, ongoing, present-day, being, enduring, extant, living, surviving, entity, existence, individual, life

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Historical Examples of existent

  • For how can that be separated from a thing that was not existent in it.

    The Sceptical Chymist

    Robert Boyle

  • We find it existent and in control at the extreme reach of our investigations.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for existent


  1. in existence; extant; current
  2. having existence; living
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  1. 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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