Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having life or being; existing. synonym: real.
  • adjective Occurring or present at the moment; current.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Existing; having existence.
  • noun That which exists, or has actual being.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having being or existence; existing; being; occurring now; taking place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective existing; having life or being, current; occurring now
  • noun archaic a being or entity that exists independently

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible
  • adjective being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory
  • adjective having existence or being or actuality

Etymologies

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From Latin existens, from existere.

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