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Dictionary Definition

existent adj
1 having existence or being or actuality; "an attempt to refine the existent machinery to make it more efficient"; "much of the beluga caviar existing in the world is found in the Soviet Union and Iran" [syn: existing] [ant: nonexistent]
2 being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow [syn: real] [ant: unreal]
3 presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; "the predicted temperature and the actual temperature were markedly different"; "actual and imagined conditions" [syn: actual] [ant: potential]

User Contributed Dictionary



From existens, from existere.




existing; having life or being, current; occurring now


Related terms


  1. a being or entity that exists independently



  1. third-person plural present indicative of exister
    Ces voitures existent aussi en bleu. - These cars are also available in blue.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aboveground, actual, alive, alive and kicking, among the living, animate, animated, around, as is, being, breathing, capable of life, conscious, contemporaneous, contemporary, current, endowed with life, enlivened, existence, existing, extant, fresh, immanent, immediate, in being, in effect, in existence, in force, in the flesh, individual, inspirited, instant, instinct with life, latest, live, living, long-lived, modern, new, on foot, present, present-age, present-day, present-time, prevalent, quick, running, something, subsistent, subsisting, tenacious of life, that be, that is, thing, topical, under the sun, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, very much alive, viable, vital, vivified, zoetic
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