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Dictionary Definition

extant adj : still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost; "extant manuscripts"; "specimens of graphic art found among extant barbaric folk"- Edward Clodd [ant: extinct]

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First attested in 1545, from extantem, from extare, from ex- + stare, from *|sta-.


  • a UK /ɛkˈstænt/
  • a US /ˈɛkstənt/
  • Rhymes: -ænt


  1. Still in existence.
  2. Currently existing; not having disappeared.
  3. Still alive; not extinct.



Extensive Definition

Extant may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

actual, alive, around, as is, being, contemporaneous, contemporary, current, existent, existing, fresh, immanent, immediate, in being, in effect, in existence, in force, instant, latest, living, modern, new, on foot, present, present-age, present-day, present-time, prevalent, running, subsistent, subsisting, that be, that is, topical, under the sun, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute
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