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ˈɛk stənt, ɪkˈstæntex·tant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extantadjective

    still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

    "extant manuscripts"; "specimens of graphic art found among extant barbaric folk"- Edward Clodd


  1. extantadjective

    Still in existence.

  2. extantadjective

    Currently existing; not having disappeared.

  3. extantadjective

    Still alive; not extinct.

  4. Etymology: First attested in 1545, from extantem, from exto, from ex- + sto.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXTANTadjective

    Etymology: extans, Latin.

    That part of the teeth which is extant above the gums is naked, and not invested with that sensible membrane called periosteum, wherewith the other bones are covered. John Ray.

    The first of the continued weekly bills of mortality, extant at the parish clerks hall, begins the twenty-ninth of December 1603. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.


  1. extant

    Extant refers to something that is still existing, surviving or in existence rather than extinct or destroyed. The term is usually used in regards to a species, documents, manuscripts, works of art, or any other things from the past that are still present or available today.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extantadjective

    standing out or above any surface; protruded

  2. Extantadjective

    still existing; not destroyed or lost; outstanding

  3. Extantadjective

    publicly known; conspicuous

  4. Etymology: [L. extans, -antis, or exstans, -antis, p. pr. of extare, exstare, to stand out or forth; ex out + stare to stand: cf. F. extant. See Stand.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extant

    eks′tant, adj. standing out, or above the rest: still standing or existing. [L. extans, antisex, out, stāre, to stand.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of extant in a Sentence

  1. Catholic University of America:

    All of the dresses have certain verifiable characteristics, including, for example, a' secret pocket' on the right side of the pinafore skirt for Dorothy's handkerchief,' Judy Garland' written by hand in a script specific to a single person who labeled all of the extant dresses in the same hand. Apparently, the thin material of the blouse was prone to tearing when Judy Garland as Dorothy took it off after filming, and a seamstress often repaired it before Judy Garland as Dorothy donned it for the next shoot.

  2. David Horvath:

    The interaction of ascending magma and the icy substrate of this region could have provided favorable conditions for microbial life fairly recently and raises the possibility of extant life in this region.

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    Armand Paul
    very interesting
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