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en·ti·ty

 (ĕn′tĭ-tē)
n. pl. en·ti·ties
1. Something that exists as a particular and discrete unit: Persons and corporations are equivalent entities under the law.
2. The fact of existence; being.
3. The existence of something considered apart from its properties.

[Medieval Latin entitās, from Latin ēns, ent-, present participle of esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.]
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entity

(ˈɛntɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Philosophy) something having real or distinct existence; a thing, esp when considered as independent of other things
2. existence or being
3. the essence or real nature
[C16: from Medieval Latin entitās, from ēns being; see ens]
entitative adj
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en•ti•ty

(ˈɛn tɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. something that has a real existence; thing.
2. something that exists as a distinct, independent, or self-contained unit.
3. being or existence, esp. when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin entitās= Latin enti-, s. of ēns (extracted from potēns potent1 etc., as presumed present participle of esse to be) + -tās -ty2]
en′ti•ta`tive (-ˌteɪ tɪv) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.entity - that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)
physical entity - an entity that has physical existence
abstract entity, abstraction - a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
thing - an entity that is not named specifically; "I couldn't tell what the thing was"
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entity

noun
1. thing, being, body, individual, object, presence, existence, substance, quantity, creature, organism the concept of the earth as a living entity
2. essential nature, being, existence, essence, quintessence, real nature, quiddity (Philosophy) key periods of national or cultural entity and development
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entity

noun
1. One that exists independently:
2. An organized array of individual elements and parts forming and working as a unit:
3. The fact or state of existing or of being actual:
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Translations

entity

[ˈentɪtɪ] Nentidad f
legal entitypersona f jurídica
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entity

[ˈɛntɪti] nentité f
a separate entity → une entité distincte
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entity

nWesen nt
legal entityjuristische Person; living entityLebewesen nt; as a separate entityals ein eigenständiges Gebilde
(Comput) → Entität f, → Entity f (inf), → (separate) Informationseinheit
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entity

[ˈɛntɪtɪ] nentità f inv
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en·ti·ty

n. entidad, integridad, esencia o cualidad de algo.
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References in classic literature ?
THERE are some qualities -- some incorporate things, That have a double life, which thus is made A type of that twin entity which springs From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.
"For twenty years past," he says, "I have mistrusted 'consciousness' as an entity; for seven or eight years past I have suggested its non-existence to my students, and tried to give them its pragmatic equivalent in realities of experience.
It became to him a separate entity, with a mind and a soul of its own.
A definite soul, or entity, or spirit-thing glimmered behind his dog's eyes, already fond with affection for this hair-grizzled god who talked with him he knew not what, but whose very talking carried delicious and unguessable messages to his heart.
The soundlessness impressed her as a positive entity rather than as the mere negation of noise.
I suppose that the entity of the poet may be represented by the number ten; it is certain that a chemist on analyzing and pharmacopolizing it, as Rabelais says, would find it composed of one part interest to nine parts of self-esteem.
Even Dominic failed me, his moral entity destroyed by what to him was a most tragic ending of our common enterprise.
And he knew that upon his decision of the fate of Virginia Maxon rested to some extent the true answer to that question, for, unconsciously, he had worked out his own crude soul hypothesis which imparted to this invisible entity the power to direct his actions only for good.
I only know myself as a human entity; the scene, so to speak, of thoughts and affections; and am sensible of a certain doubleness by which I can stand as remote from myself as from another.
An administrative entity operated by an incalculable multitude of political parasites, logically active but fortuitously efficient.
I used to fancy that life was a positive and perpetual entity, and that by consuming a multitude of live things, no matter how low in the scale of creation, one might indefinitely prolong life.
And Freddie Drummond found that he had divided all the will and force of him with Bill Totts, and between them the entity that constituted the pair of them was being wrenched in twain.