[ek-stuh nt, ik-stant]
- in existence; still existing; not destroyed or lost: There are only three extant copies of the document.
- Archaic. standing out; protruding.
Origin of extant
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Examples from the Web for extant
In London it is located in the Duveen Gallery where half the extant marbles sit under white light as if in a morgue.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin
December 5, 2014
In fact, Lau believes that cases of sexual assault do not belong in a university, but in the extant legal and judicial systems.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?
August 18, 2014
Alas, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler has already said that if Extant is a hit like Dome, it will return next year.Surprise! Halle Berry’s Career Is ‘Extant’
July 9, 2014
Today,” Deptula said, “the Russians have an extant significant advantage in their surface to air capabilities.The Pentagon Isn’t Ready for a New Cold War
March 20, 2014
The extant issues are numerous but at least we know what they are.Hopes for Religion in 2014 Include Tolerance, More Women, Less Politics
December 22, 2013
It is a matter of much regret that so few of his Gaelic poems are extant.
No extant writer mentions them older than Cicero and Cornelius Nepos.Charmides
That stanza, as it stands above, does not occur in any of the extant quasi-originals.Sir Walter Scott
He also thought he was safe in assuming that the edition by Berthelet was the only one extant.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
These are among the oldest representatives of the plant world now extant.Boy Scouts Handbook
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- still in existence; surviving
- archaic standing out; protruding
C16: from Latin exstāns standing out, from exstāre, from stāre to stand
Extant is sometimes wrongly used simply to say that something exists, without any connotation of survival: plutonium is perhaps the deadliest element in existence (not the deadliest element extant)
Word Origin and History for extant
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