ex·​tant | \ ˈek-stənt How to pronounce extant (audio) ; ek-ˈstant, ˈek-ˌstant How to pronounce extant (audio) \

Definition of extant

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

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Examples of extant in a Sentence

There is, he reports, no extant copy of the Super Bowl I television broadcast; nobody bothered to keep the tapes. — Joe Queenan, New York Times Book Review, 1 Feb. 2009 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 Mendelsohn, New York Review, 21 Sept. 2006 [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 Corliss, Time, 9 May 2005 There are few extant records from that period. one of the oldest buildings still extant
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Recent Examples on the Web Specifically, Hawken and his many adherents intend to continue mobilizing and moving the direction of extant regenerative practices already afoot in progressive business and regional pastures. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 It’s the only extant example of two that were made, and is now part of Arturo and Deborah Keller’s collection. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2021 Thermal Beach Club also promised to support the strangely extant surf club at Desert Mirage High School. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, 22 Aug. 2021 Could this be the famous Leonardo painting supposedly lost to history rather than just another extant copy by one of his students or followers? Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Aug. 2021 Those, too, are thought to offer slim chances for any extant organisms, however, because of Mars’s arid, frigid, irradiated surface conditions. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 6 Aug. 2021 The long-extant PHSA had never before been applied to regulate evictions, which have always been regulated by local laws. Joel Zinberg, National Review, 4 Aug. 2021 That raised the concern Purple Moon, too, was perpetuating extant gender roles, albeit inadvertently. Drew Dakessian, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 Putative extrasolar earths and speculation about microbial fossils on Mars, or even extant life deep within the oceans of one of our solar system’s far-flung frozen moons, remains speculation at this point. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of extant

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for extant

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

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23 Sep 2021

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“Extant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extant. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of extant

: in existence : still existing : not destroyed or lost

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