- a person or thing that exists.
Origin of existent
Related Words for existentsexisting, 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 existents
Now the question is, Is there such a thing as a necessary existent, or are all existents merely possible?
As all existents are divided into substance and accident, the soul must be either the one or the other.
Themistius says it is not any of the existents actually, but a potential essence receiving material forms.
There is nothing practical in this contemplation, it is just the knowledge of existents and their causes.
But this "union" is not essential to all existents; for we have seen that its function is to unite accidents with body.
- in existence; extant; current
- having existence; living
- a person or a thing that exists
Word Origin and History for existents
1560s, a back-formation from existence, or else from Latin existentem/exsistentem (nominative existens/exsistens), present participle of existere/exsistere (see existence).