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extant

[ ek-stuhnt, ik-stant ]
/ ˈɛk stənt, ɪkˈstænt /
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adjective

in existence; still existing; not destroyed or lost: There are only three extant copies of the document.
Archaic. standing out; protruding.

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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH extant

extant , extent
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British Dictionary definitions for extant

extant
/ (ɛkˈstænt, ˈɛkstənt) /

adjective

still in existence; surviving
archaic standing out; protruding

Word Origin for 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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