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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Synonyms & Antonyms for extant


alive, around, existent, existing, living


dead, extinct, nonextant

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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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Visit the site of the world’s oldest still extant parliament, the Althing, convened in A.D. 930. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019 Even Jacquemus’s micro bag, surely the smallest extant object known to humanity, would not survive a black hole. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Wait Until Fashion Designers Get Their Hands on This Black Hole Picture," 10 Apr. 2019 But the extant references in the emulator's source code heavily suggest that all of these titles were tested on the PlayStation Classic hardware at some point in its development. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018 But that touches on a major point of this PBS salute—that there’s been a Betty White for almost every extant human, and each generation has its own Betty White. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Betty White: First Lady of Television’ Review," 16 Aug. 2018 There’s the news that’s neither good nor bad, just… extant, like the incorporation of Pravda (or Pravduh), along with Musk’s idea to create his own version of The Onion, called Thud! Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk is the first influencer CEO," 21 Dec. 2018 All told, only a few dozen of his poems are extant. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, "Mega Millions? I’ve Got Plenty of Nothing," 22 Oct. 2018 The locked down, highly secure Chrome OS machines require negligible maintenance while being largely immune to most extant malware. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft," 1 Sep. 2018 Snarkitecture has grown into one of today’s most exciting studios despite having relatively few extant projects. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of extant

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

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