Extant definition

ĕkstənt, ĕk-stănt
Still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct.

Extant manuscripts.

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(archaic) Standing out; conspicuous.
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Currently existing; not having disappeared.
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The definition of extant is something that still exists.

An example of extant used as an adjective is an extant law which means a law that is currently active.

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Still in existence.
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Still alive; not extinct.
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(archaic) Standing out; projecting.
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Still existing; not extinct; not lost or destroyed.
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Origin of extant

  • Latin exstāns exstant- present participle of exstāre to stand out ex- ex- stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1545, from Latin extantem, from extō, from ex- (“out”) + stō (“stand”).

    From Wiktionary