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Friday, July 02, 1999

Definitions for extant

  1. Still existing; not destroyed, lost, or extinct.

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Citations for extant
Why, then, did the joint House-Senate committee insert a maximum? The lack of extant records of the committee's deliberations requires us to speculate. Akhil Reed Amar, The Bill of Rights
The fossil record shows clearly that ancient life was very different from extant life. Paul Davies, The Fifth Miracle
Origin of extant
Extant comes from Latin exstare, "to stand out, to project, hence to be prominent, to be visible, to exist," from ex-, "out" + stare, "to stand."