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Definition of existent

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

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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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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 Stephan said in one iteration of the shell company fraud, one company would allegedly purchase non-existent merchandise from another fake company, using a credit card. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County authorities charge 21 people in complex fraud schemes that netted $5M," 20 June 2019 Last night's episode of The Bachelorette primarily centered not on Hannah Brown's journey to find love, but instead on the following three things: two dudes named Luke, and one seemingly non-existent tequila brand. Cait Munro, refinery29.com, "Does Luke S. From The Bachelorette Even Have A Tequila Brand?," 5 June 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of existent

formal : having existence : present or real : existing now

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