used to mean just ‘existing’, so that heresy, fashion, roads, etc. could all be extant. Now, it means ‘continuing to exist’, i.e. having withstood the ravages of time, so that ancient texts, fossils, species, literature, organisms, old churches, etc. are the kinds of thing now described as extant.

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • extant — extánt adj. m., pl. extánţi; f. sg. extántă, pl. extánte Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  EXTÁNT, Ă adj. (jur.) Care există în natură. [< …   Dicționar Român

  • extant — I adjective alive, current, currently existing, existent, existing, exstare, in being, in current use, in existence, living, not extinct, not lost, present, standing, still existing, still to be found, subsistent, surviving, undestroyed, visible… …   Law dictionary

  • extant — extant, ante (èk stan, stan t ) adj. Terme vieilli de pratique. Qui est en nature. Tous les effets extants de la succession. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. exstans, existant, de ex, et stare, être debout (voy. stable) …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • extant — 1540s, standing out above a surface, from L. extantem (nom. extans), prp. of extare stand out, be visible, exist, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + stare to stand, from PIE root *sta to stand (see STET (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • extant — [adj] in existence actual, alive, around, being, contemporary, current, existent, existing, immediate, in current use, instant, living, not lost, present, present day, real, remaining, subsisting, surviving, undestroyed; concepts 539,582 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • extant — EXTANT, [ext]ante. adj. v. Terme de Pratique. Qui est en nature, en espece. Tous les effets de la succession qui sont extants …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • extant — [eks′tənt; ek stant′, ikstant′] adj. [L extans, exstans, prp. of exstare, to stand out or forth < ex , out + stare, STAND] 1. still existing; not extinct; not lost or destroyed 2. Archaic standing out; conspicuous …   English World dictionary

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