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[ig-zis-tuh nt]
  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 existents

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 existents

  • Now the question is, Is there such a thing as a necessary existent, or are all existents merely possible?

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

    Isaac Husik

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for existents


  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 existents



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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