currently alive as applied to a taxon or of a specimen meaning still in existence. Opposite of extinct in the former case

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  • Extant — may refer to: * Extant taxon, a taxon which is not extinct, such as an extant species. * Extant literature, surviving literature, such as Beowulf , the oldest extant manuscript written in English * Hank Hall, also known as Extant, the DC Comics… …   Wikipedia

  • Extant — Ex tant, a. [L. extans, antis, or exstans, antis, p. pr. of extare, exstare, to stand out or forth; ex out + stare to stand: cf. F. extant. See {Stand}.] 1. Standing out or above any surface; protruded. [1913 Webster] That part of the teeth which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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,… …   Modern English usage

  • 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

  • extant — adjective still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost (Freq. 1) extant manuscripts specimens of graphic art found among extant barbaric folk Edward Clodd • Ant: ↑extinct • Similar to: ↑living, ↑surviving …   Useful english dictionary

  • extant — [[t]ekstæ̱nt, e̱kstənt[/t]] ADJ If something is extant, it is still in existence, in spite of being very old. [FORMAL] Two fourteenth century manuscripts of this text are still extant... The oldest extant document is dated 1492. Syn: surviving …   English dictionary

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