extant

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adjective ex·tant \ ˈek-stənt ; ek-ˈstant , ˈek-ˌstant \

Definition of extant

1 archaic :standing out or above
2 a :currently or actually existing
  • the most charming writer extant
  • —G. W. Johnson
b :still existing :not destroyed or lost
  • extant manuscripts

Examples of extant in a Sentence

  1. There is, he reports, no extant copy of the Super Bowl I television broadcast; nobody bothered to keep the tapes. —Joe QueenanNew York Times Book Review1 Feb. 2009
  2. First produced in the spring of 472 BC, Persians is noteworthy in the corpus of the thirty-two extant Greek tragedies in that it is the only classical Greek drama that dramatizes an actual historical event. —Daniel MendelsohnNew York Review21 Sept. 2006
  3. [George] Lucas' brain teemed with plots and characters, exotic creatures, worlds to be spun out of the words and sketches in his notebooks. Also, by numbering the extant episodes IV, V and VI, he was implicitly promising a prequel trilogy … —Richard CorlissTime9 May 2005
  4. There are few extant records from that period.

  5. one of the oldest buildings still extant

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Origin and Etymology of extant

Latin exstant-, exstans, present participle of exstare to stand out, be in existence, from ex- + stare to stand — more at stand


EXTANT Defined for English Language Learners

extant

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adjective

Definition of extant for English Language Learners

  • : in existence : still existing : not destroyed or lost



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