Definition of extant
1 archaic : standing out or above
2a : currently or actually existing the most charming writer extant — G. W. Johnsonb : still existing : not destroyed or lost extant manuscripts
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
Recent Examples of extant from the Web
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the members of Congress who had promised to obtain any extant tapes are surely a little bummed as well; any such tapes would have been subject to subpoena.
Her daughter, Brigitte, met me in the studio, a soaring space stacked with extant Caland works, including six large garment bags of kaftans.
Through a no longer extant Facebook page called Eli's Story, thousands of people followed the tale of the baby born with arhinia, a rare facial anomaly said to affect only one in 197 million births.
One of these monuments is extant and one was destroyed a few years after its creation.
Instead, the servers are designed to reduce load-times for extant users.
Another extant theory concerns the contradictions within his administration.
The original Green Brook, from 1936, is the most elusive of all, with no known extant copies or even images of that edition.
The production — which combines elements of all of the extant shows — is being presented in association with (and on the hangar deck of) the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, as part of the Under the Radar festival.
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EXTANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extant for English Language Learners
: in existence : still existing : not destroyed or lost
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