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extant

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

Simple Definition of extant

  • : in existence : still existing : not destroyed or lost

Full Definition of extant

  1. 1 archaic :  standing out or above

  2. 2 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 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

  2. First produced in the spring of 472 BC, Persians is noteworthy in the corpus of the thirty-two extant Greek tragedies in that it is the only classical Greek drama that dramatizes an actual historical event. —Daniel Mendelsohn, New York Review, 21 Sept. 2006

  3. [George] Lucas' brain teemed with plots and characters, exotic creatures, worlds to be spun out of the words and sketches in his notebooks. Also, by numbering the extant episodes IV, V and VI, he was implicitly promising a prequel trilogy… —Richard Corliss, Time, 9 May 2005

  4. There are few extant records from that period.

  5. one of the oldest buildings still extant



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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