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adjective ex·tant \ˈek-stənt; ek-ˈstant, ˈek-ˌ\

: in existence : still existing : not destroyed or lost

Full Definition of EXTANT

archaic :  standing out or above
a :  currently or actually existing <the most charming writer extant — G. W. Johnson>
b :  still existing :  not destroyed or lost <extant manuscripts>

Examples of EXTANT

  1. There are few extant records from that period.
  2. one of the oldest buildings still extant
  3. There is, he reports, no extant copy of the Super Bowl I television broadcast; nobody bothered to keep the tapes. —Joe Queenan, New York Times Book Review, 1 Feb. 2009

Origin of EXTANT

Latin exstant-, exstans, present participle of exstare to stand out, be in existence, from ex- + stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 1545


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