adjective \ik-ˈstiŋ(k)t, ˈek-ˌ\

: no longer existing

: no longer active

Full Definition of EXTINCT

a :  no longer burning
b :  no longer active <an extinct volcano>
:  no longer existing <an extinct animal>
a :  gone out of use :  superseded
b :  having no qualified claimant <an extinct title>

Examples of EXTINCT

  1. Many of these old traditions have since become extinct.
  2. <a few overgrown ruins are all that remain of that once mighty but now extinct civilization>

Origin of EXTINCT

Middle English, from Latin exstinctus, past participle of exstinguere
First Known Use: 15th century


transitive verb

Definition of EXTINCT


First Known Use of EXTINCT

15th century


adjective \ik-ˈstiŋ(k)t, ˈek-ˌ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EXTINCT

: no longer existing : lacking living representatives <extinct prehistoric animals>


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