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

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 Ensuring that Yazidis can return to Sinjar and rebuild their lives there is crucial, even so as resettlement options for the community are non-existent. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 His offensive support against Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander was non-existent. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2022 Harper and Yasmin's friendship is non-existent when season 2 begins. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 2 Aug. 2022 Aside from in Hopebridge’s home state of Indiana, insurance coverage for autism therapies including ABA, was virtually non-existent. Erika Fry, Fortune, 29 July 2022 And the Southern belle aspect is so dialed down as to be almost non-existent. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 Harrelson also said that beach vacations are competing with travel that was almost non-existent last year, such as cruising. al, 29 May 2022 Engagement was sometimes non-existent (except for that encouraging note from your mom on each post). William Arruda, Forbes, 21 June 2022 The game was one for the ages, but the audio feed was non-existent, at least in the bar where Nyugen and her friends were watching. CBS News, 19 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of existent

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for existent

borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin existent-, existens/exsistent-, exsistens, from present participle of Latin existere, exsistere "to come into view, appear, show oneself, come into being" (Late Latin, "to have real being, be, be present") — more at exist

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“Existent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/existent. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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