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extant

[ek-stuh nt, ik-stant] /ˈɛk stənt, ɪkˈstænt/
adjective
1.
in existence; still existing; not destroyed or lost:
There are only three extant copies of the document.
2.
Archaic. standing out; protruding.
Origin
1535-1545
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
Related forms
nonextant, adjective
Can be confused
extant, extent.
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British Dictionary definitions for nonextant

extant

/ɛkˈstænt; ˈɛkstənt/
adjective
1.
still in existence; surviving
2.
(archaic) standing out; protruding
Usage note
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)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exstāns standing out, from exstāre, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for nonextant

extant

adj.

1540s, "standing out above a surface," from Latin extantem (nominative extans), present participle of extare "stand out, be visible, exist," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "in existence" attested in English by 1560s.

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