optant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

opt + -ant

Noun[edit]

optant (plural optants)

  1. A person who lives in an region undergoing a change of sovereignty and thus may choose between retaining their old citizenship or opting for the citizenship of the new sovereignty.
    • 1914, W. R. Prior, Oxford Pamphlets: North Sleswick under Prussian Rule[1], London: Oxford University Press, page 9:
      According to one authority, nearly 40,000 of the Sleswick Danes had become 'optants'—that is, had taken the 'option' of Danish nationality—or had emigrated, by the end of 1880.
  2. A person who opts into, out of, or for something.

French[edit]

Verb[edit]

optant

  1. Present participle of opter.

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

optant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of optō