entity

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From Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin, present participle of esse, "to be".

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entity (plural entities)

  1. That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page ix
      It is also pertinent to note that the current obvious decline in work on holarctic hepatics most surely reflects a current obsession with cataloging and with nomenclature of the organisms—as divorced from their study as living entities.
  2. An existent something that has the properties of being real, and having a real existence.
  3. (computing) Anything about which information or data can be stored in a database; in particular, an organised array or set of individual elements or parts.
  4. The state or quality of being or existence.
    The group successfully maintains its tribal entity.
    • Quotation: The policy of the government of the United States is to seek . . . to preserve Chinese territorial and administrative entity -- G.F.Kennan

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