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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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

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There was a court decree called the Flores Consent Decree that determined by the way- this has been existent way before Donald Trump. Fox News, "Darrell Issa reacts to release of Carter Page FISA documents; Judge Jeanine addresses 'The View': I'd like to move on," 22 July 2018 The 50-mm was also an already existent lens dimension that optical companies like Zeiss had been making, which meant that producers did not need to completely redesign their inventory. Allain Daigle, The Atlantic, "How the 50-mm Lens Became ‘Normal’," 13 May 2018 On a recent brisk morning, Fatherly, a Web site for dads, convened twenty-eight academics and professionals at a Tribeca café to discuss how to raise boys to be better men and how existent men might conduct themselves better. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "How to Raise a Boy," 26 Feb. 2018 After the New York Times blew the lid off fake Twitter followers linked to the firm Devumi this week, more than a million of the non-existent social creations have disappeared. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—eBay Chooses a New Dance Partner While Dunking PayPal," 1 Feb. 2018 Online fraud was just the next step — scamming people on eBay by selling non-existent merchandise. Herb Weisbaum, NBC News, "This former identity thief now fights the crimes he helped perfect," 14 Jan. 2018 As the Republican nominee, Trump promised to return the nation to those utopian, non-existent days of yore. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Donald Trump has a lot in common with the antiquated, racist Confederate statues he defends.," 15 Aug. 2017 But Garrity accused the department of making an arrest based on flimsy, non-existent evidence. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "River Ridge veterinarian didn't shoot dog; arrest ruined her life, attorney says," 22 Dec. 2017 The Chargers are masters at finding ways to lose games, especially on their non-existent home field advantage. Luke Kerr-dineen, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 3 picks against the spread," 21 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of existent

formal : having existence : present or real : existing now

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a strong desire or propensity

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