entity

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noun en·ti·ty \ ˈen-tə-tē , ˈe-nə- \

Definition of entity

plural entities
1 a :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

  1. One division of the company was broken off as a separate entity.

  2. the question of whether extrasensory perception will ever be a scientifically recognized entity

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Origin and Etymology of entity

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


ENTITY Defined for English Language Learners

entity

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Definition of entity for English Language Learners

  • : something that exists by itself : something that is separate from other things


Medical Dictionary

entity

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noun en·ti·ty \ ˈen(t)-ət-ē \

medical Definition of entity

plural entities
: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 debated
  • Year Book of Medicine

Law Dictionary

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noun en·ti·ty \ ˈen-ti-tē \

legal Definition of entity

plural entities
: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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