ex·​is·​tent | \ ig-ˈzi-stənt How to pronounce existent (audio) \

Definition of existent

1 : having being : existing
2 : existing now : present existent methods of flood control

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Other Words from existent

existent noun

Examples of existent in a Sentence

I think we should improve existent parks rather than create new ones. to some people, angels are as existent as aardvarks or astronomers
Recent Examples on the Web His fastball command is often non-existent, and that seems to spill into the rest of his arsenal. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "As Tarik Skubal struggles, Detroit Tigers' AJ Hinch insist pitcher can handle major leagues," 1 May 2021 The audience for his regular speeches are non-existent. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Biden's speech had an estimated 26.9 million viewers," 1 May 2021 Unfortunately for many kids that picture is non-existent. oregonlive, "Gary Hollands’ full response to The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Portland school board candidate questionnaire," 28 Apr. 2021 With teams scheduled to play 10 fewer games than usual this season and paying customers slim to non-existent, another shortfall is expected this season. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "A year later, Spurs, NBA learning to live with COVID-19 virus," 13 Mar. 2021 Last year, growth was non-existent, except for in these businesses. Oliver Renick, Forbes, "Netflix Earnings Show Why Peak Nasdaq Multiples Are Past," 21 Apr. 2021 Even running nearly non-stop for more than two hours, issues with brake fade or engine and transmission overheating were non-existent. Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fills in a GT350-Sized Gap," 6 Apr. 2021 If your employment status or financial situation hasn’t changed as a result of the pandemic, but your emergency fund is non-existent or low, consider routing the funds to a high-yield savings account. Dani Pascarella, Forbes, "5 Smart Ways To Spend Your Stimulus Check," 17 Mar. 2021 Dominican nationalists argued in the comments that anti-Haitian sentiments are non-existent, ignoring all the research that says otherwise. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Dear Zoe Saldaña: I’m A Proud Dominican. I Also Want To See Us Address Anti-Blackness," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of existent

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for existent

Latin exsistent-, exsistens, present participle of exsistere

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The first known use of existent was in 1535

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10 May 2021

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“Existent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/existent. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of existent

formal : having existence : present or real : existing now

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