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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Although his letters have not survived, a monastic Rule which he composed is still extant.
▪ He dropped in at the still extant Paperback Shop.
▪ The manor house and Ferriby Hall are still extant and remind one of the former grandeur of the High Street.
▪ In the Middle Ages there were five churches around the square, but the only one still extant is St Nicholas.
▪ I understand that all its minute books are still extant.
▪ She founded a still extant Bridgettine order for whom she provided a Rule.
▪ This is one of the few extant manuscripts.
▪ Finished, the 4-foot-high platform was three times larger than any stage extant in San Francisco.
▪ Fossils may tie them to the ungulates, but they seem quite distinct from any extant member of the group.
▪ However, the significance of this is questionable, as extant specimens all emanate from a single obverse die.
▪ In the few extant representations she is always shown as veiled.
▪ It is closely related to a longer version extant in four manuscripts three of which assign it to him.
▪ More amenable land had become available and J.H. Taylor was commissioned to design the course still largely extant.
▪ The last extant chancery bond is dated 21 June.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

    That part of the teeth which is extant above the gums.

    A body partly immersed in a fluid and partly extant.

  2. Still existing; not destroyed or lost; outstanding.

    Writings that were extant at that time.
    --Sir M. Hale.

    The extant portraits of this great man.
    --I. Taylor.

  3. Publicly known; conspicuous. [Obs.]
    --B. Jonson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "standing out above a surface," from Latin extantem (nominative extans), present participle of extare "stand out, be visible, exist," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "in existence" attested in English by 1560s. Related: Extance; extancy, both 17c., both obsolete.


a. 1 Still in existence. 2 Currently existing; not having disappeared. 3 Still alive; not extinct.


adj. still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost; "extant manuscripts"; "specimens of graphic art found among extant barbaric folk"- Edward Clodd [ant: extinct]


Extant may refer to:

  • Extant literature, surviving literature, such as Beowulf, the oldest extant manuscript written in English
  • Extant taxon, a taxon which is not extinct, such as an extant species
  • Extant Theatre Company, a disability arts organisation
  • Extant (TV series), an American television series
  • Hank Hall, also known as Extant, a DC Comics supervillain
Extant (TV series)

Extant is an American science fiction television drama series created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The story revolves around astronaut Molly Woods ( Halle Berry) who returns home to her family inexplicably pregnant after 13 months in outer space on a solo mission.

On August 7, 2013, CBS announced that it had placed a 13-episode straight-to-series order, bypassing the traditional pilot stage. Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers. Production began in Los Angeles on February 10, 2014. The series was broadcast in the United States on the CBS television network, and was a production of Amblin Television.

Extant premiered on July 9, 2014. On October 9, 2014, CBS renewed Extant for a second season, which premiered on July 1, 2015 and concluded on September 9, 2015. On October 9, 2015, CBS canceled Extant after two seasons.

Extant (season 1)

The first season of the American television drama series Extant premiered on July 9, 2014, and concluded on September 17, 2014, and consisted of thirteen episodes. CBS broadcast the first season on Wednesday at 10:00 pm in the United States. The series was available for streaming on Amazon Video devices four days after broadcast on CBS.

Extant (season 2)

The second and final season of the American television drama series Extant premiered on July 1, 2015, and concluded on September 9, 2015 with a two-part finale. The season consisted of 13 episodes, and CBS broadcast the second season on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm in the United States.

Usage examples of "extant".

In the absence of that reliable translation of the entire original documents, and that thorough elaboration of all the extant materials, which we are awaiting from the hands of Professor Spiegel, whose second volume has long been due, and Professor Westergaard, whose second and third volumes are eagerly looked for, we must make the best use of the resources actually available, and then leave the point in such plausible light as existing testimony and fair reasoning can throw upon it.

Botanists have plants whose passionate emotional lives can be monitored with He detectors, anthropologists have surviving ape-men, zoologists have extant dinosaurs, and evolutionary biologists have Biblical literalists snapping at their flanks.

According to them, one of the Type A myxoviruses extant in 1318-19 was an H9N2.

There are very few representatives of this phratry existing now, and very little tradition extant concerning its early history.

There is extant among the works of Seneca a little treatise called Apocolocuntosis, that is, pumpkinification, or the metamorphosis into a gourd, a sharp satire levelled against the apotheosis of the Emperor Claudius.

Is it, do you suppose, because I have always insisted on viewing us not as a collection of races and nationalities but as a group that shares the same taxonomic classification, that of Earth-planet extant?

Gantrix, has asked me to come to Section B of your Library and, if you will cooperate, sequester all manuscripts still extant dealing with the Anarch Peak.

Iraq of its extant WMD and ballistic missile arsenal as well as its capability to produce new such weapons.

So he was not banished, but to appease his daughter-in-law, the King banned his poetry and had every extant copy of his work destroyed.

The column of Arcadius, which represents in basso relievo his victories, or those of his father Theodosius, is still extant at Constantinople.

The most ancient uncial ink writing extant, belongs to the fourth century, whilst the earliest mixed uncial and miniscule writing pertains to the sixth century.

Of all the families now extant, the most ancient, doubtless, and the most illustrious, is the house of France, which has occupied the same throne above eight hundred years, and descends, in a clear and lineal series of males, from the middle of the ninth century.

There are various manuscripts of Averroes extant treating on physics, pure mathematics, astronomy and astrology, from which it would appear that, in spite of their encyclopaedic attainments, the celebrated men of these times still believed in some popular errors.

San Francisco mountain region have been assigned to the Havasupai Indians of the Yuman stock, and those of the Rio Grande to the Santa Clara pueblo Indians of the Tanoan stock, it may be of interest to state that there is a vague tradition extant among the modern settlers of the Verde region that the cavate lodges of that region were occupied within the last three generations.

Those which have proved themselves so lasting in character as to be still extant, bear evidence of extreme care in the preparation of both the inks and the materials on which the writings appear.