Definition of extant in English:

extant

Pronunciation /ɛkˈstant//ˈɛkst(ə)nt//ɪkˈstant/

adjective

  • Still in existence; surviving.

    ‘an extant letter’
    • ‘Manuscripts in Greek and manuscripts of translations from the Greek into Latin, Syriac, and Coptic are extant.’
    • ‘High Street and Old Market Street are among the oldest streets extant in the town.’
    • ‘This group is represented by a single extant species which is thought to be the sister taxon to all other frogs.’
    • ‘In comparative studies using model organisms, extant taxa are often referred to as basal.’
    • ‘Fossil salamanders are known from most extant families, as well as four extinct families.’
    • ‘The oldest extant example of a local Egyptian map is the Turin papyrus which dates from around 1300 BC.’
    • ‘The document is an extant work of that most postmodernist of enterprises, the law.’
    • ‘With an abundance of remains there are ample extant buildings and artefacts in situ.’
    • ‘As the world's only extant empire of law and justice, we also have the right and responsibility to do it.’
    • ‘No planning permission granted has ever been implemented and none remains extant.’
    • ‘Pieter Bruegel the Elder is known far and wide for his thirty-five or so extant paintings.’
    • ‘The final extant edition ends four weeks before her death in 1895.’
    • ‘Grieg was a pianist rather than violinist and his only extant string quartet came at a time of a rumoured affair between his wife and older brother.’
    • ‘First, Wood reviews the extant literature in order to present a short biography.’
    • ‘Most of the silicified microbes, however, lack the key features that would allow accurate comparisons with extant taxa.’
    • ‘True, it's not as if there isn't already a massive body of work extant on the subject.’
    • ‘Given that I have no extant close family, I get off relatively lightly I know.’
    • ‘Paintings of Maitreya are virtually nonexistent, but statues of him are still extant.’
    • ‘Another ambition was to categorise the meagre extant material held in archives.’
    • ‘It contains some 60 percent of Hyde's extant poems, dozens of which have not been seen before.’
    still existing, in existence, surviving, remaining, abiding, enduring, undestroyed, present, existent
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘able to be publicly seen or reached’): from Latin exstant- ‘being visible or prominent, existing’, from the verb exstare, from ex- ‘out’ + stare ‘to stand’.

Pronunciation

extant

/ˈɛkst(ə)nt//ɪkˈstant/