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Definition of existent

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

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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 An actually existent fly is more important than a possibly existent angel. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Poetry From Sharon Olds, Paul Muldoon and More," 10 Dec. 2019 Chinese coronavirus’ were relatively non-existent prior to Rep. Paul Gosar’s March 8 tweet. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "How anti-Chinese sentiment is spreading on social media," 25 Mar. 2020 From desolate grocery stores to non-existent rush hour traffic, here are 17 images that show how the coronavirus pandemic has affected modern-day life around the U.S. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Desolate store shelves, empty streets: These 17 eerie images depict coronavirus in America," 16 Mar. 2020 The idea is just to create some federal requirement that these infants are treated, not like second-class citizens or non-existent people or whatever else simply because they were meant to have been aborted. Nr Staff, National Review, "Just How Concerning Is the Coronavirus?," 28 Feb. 2020 The agony over her young grandson's death is still very existent for Priscilla Norment. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "'Our lives are never the same': Slain victims' relatives reflect at end of violent decade," 29 Dec. 2019 Altria, a $105 billion market-cap company that rarely does splashy deals, placed immense value on a barely existent business in a nascent market. Washington Post, "How to Value a Pot Stock," 19 Apr. 2019 These features of my experience seem to be truly existent properties of the world, detected by our senses and revealed to our mind through the complex mechanisms of perception. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 China was once seen as the home of cheap labor, compliant workers, and practically non-existent environmental regulations that translated into favorable margins for foreign businesses. NBC News, "Tariffs are just the latest reason for tech companies to move out of China," 24 June 2019

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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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25 Apr 2020

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“Existent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/existent. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of existent

formal : having existence : present or real : existing now

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