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
Either that, or CH-DVD, which stands for China High-Definition DVD, and which has even more DRM features than the already-extant formats.
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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
First Known Use: 1545
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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