[ ek-stuhnt, ik-stant ]
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  1. in existence; still existing; not destroyed or lost: There are only three extant copies of the document.

  2. Archaic. standing out; protruding.

Origin of extant

1535–45; <Latin ex(s)tant- (stem of ex(s)tāns) standing out, present participle of exstāre, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + stāre to stand

Other words from extant

  • non·ex·tant, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for extant


/ (ɛkˈstænt, ˈɛkstənt) /

  1. still in existence; surviving

  2. archaic standing out; protruding

Origin of extant

C16: from Latin exstāns standing out, from exstāre, from stāre to stand

usage For extant

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)

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