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entity

[en-ti-tee] /ˈɛn tɪ ti/
noun, plural entities.
1.
something that has a real existence; thing:
corporeal entities.
2.
being or existence, especially when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained:
He conceived of society as composed of particular entities requiring special treatment.
3.
essential nature:
The entity of justice is universality.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin entitās, equivalent to enti- (stem of ēns), present participle of esse to be + -tās -ty2
Related forms
entitative
[en-ti-tey-tiv] /ˈɛn tɪˌteɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
entitatively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for entities

entity

/ˈɛntɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
something having real or distinct existence; a thing, esp when considered as independent of other things
2.
existence or being
3.
the essence or real nature
Derived Forms
entitative (ˈɛntɪtətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin entitās, from ēns being; see ens
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Word Origin and History for entities

entity

n.

1590s, from Late Latin entitatem (nominative entitas), from ens (genitive entis) "a thing," proposed by Caesar as present participle of esse "be" (see is), to render Greek philosophical term to on "that which is" (from neuter of present participle of einai "to be;" see essence). Originally abstract; concrete sense in English is from 1620s.

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