[ek-stuhnt, ik-stant]
in existence; still existing; not destroyed or lost: There are only three extant copies of the document.
Archaic. standing out; protruding.

1535–45; < Latin ex(s)tant- (stem of ex(s)tāns) standing out, present participle of exstāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + stāre to stand

nonextant, adjective

extant, extent. Unabridged
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extant (ɛkˈstænt, ˈɛkstənt)
1.  still in existence; surviving
2.  archaic standing out; protruding
usage  Extant is sometimes wrongly used simply to say that something exists, without any connotation of survival: plutonium is perhaps the deadliest element in existence (not the deadliest element extant)

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1545, "standing out above a surface," from L. extantem, prp. of extare "stand out, be visible, exist," from ex- "out" + stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "in existence" appeared in Eng. 1561.
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