entity

noun
en·​ti·​ty | \ ˈen-tə-tē How to pronounce entity (audio) , ˈe-nə- \
plural entities

Definition of entity

1a : being, existence especially : independent, separate, or self-contained existence
b : the existence of a thing as contrasted with its attributes
2 : something that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality
3 : an organization (such as a business or governmental unit) that has an identity separate from those of its members

Examples of entity in a Sentence

One division of the company was broken off as a separate entity. the question of whether extrasensory perception will ever be a scientifically recognized entity
Recent Examples on the Web Potentially yes; however, Nevada’s Waiver of Sovereign Immunity Statute provides that recovery against any governmental entity is limited to $100,000 in damages: 41.035. Steve Dimopoulos, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The minimum contribution on which a tax credit may be granted is $250 and the maximum contribution that any non-profit or municipal entity can receive under this program is $150,000. Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 Last week, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill that would impose penalties on any U.S. entity that knowingly transacts with the Russian central bank’s gold, and punish those who buy and sell gold in Russia. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2022 In Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seemed to have emerged as a strong alternative to mainstream political parties, with the year-long farm protests seeming to have worked in its favour more than for any other entity. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 9 Mar. 2022 The New York City Housing Authority, for example, received more than 5,700 vouchers — more than any other entity — but less than 5% have resulted in leases, according to a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Seamus Mcavoy, courant.com, 21 Feb. 2022 The defense also has asserted the editorial was predominantly about inflammatory political rhetoric and only made a passing reference to Palin's political committee, which by law is an entity that's separate from her. CBS News, 16 Feb. 2022 The defense also has asserted the editorial was predominantly about inflammatory political rhetoric and only made a passing reference to Palin’s political committee, which by law is an entity that’s separate from her. Tom Hays, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Feb. 2022 That’s one rare occasion when Norsk Tipping might be the only entity rooting against Norway. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of entity

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for entity

Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ent-, ens existing thing, from coined present participle of esse to be — more at is

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15 May 2022

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“Entity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entity. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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entity

noun
en·​ti·​ty | \ ˈen(t)-ət-ē How to pronounce entity (audio) \
plural entities

Medical Definition of entity

: something (as a disease or condition) that has separate and distinct existence and objective or conceptual reality whether the common cold is an entity has been debatedYear Book of Medicine

entity

noun
en·​ti·​ty | \ ˈen-ti-tē How to pronounce entity (audio) \
plural entities

Legal Definition of entity

: an organization (as a business or governmental unit) that has a legal identity which is separate from those of its members — see also alter ego, instrumentality, juridical person, legal person, pierce

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