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



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. The existence of something considered apart from its properties.
  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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