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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.]

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

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.
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"

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

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:
Translations

entity

[ˈentɪtɪ] Nentidad f
legal entitypersona f jurídica

entity

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

entity

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

entity

[ˈɛntɪtɪ] nentità f inv

en·ti·ty

n. entidad, integridad, esencia o cualidad de algo.
References in classic literature ?
And as to ideas, entities, abstractions, and transcendentals, I could never drive the least conception into their heads.
Moreover, primary substances are most properly called substances in virtue of the fact that they are the entities which underlie every.
It was only several years before that he had looked up from the mire at such glorious entities and deemed them gods.
SEVERAL Political Entities were dividing the spoils.
Outside these apertures all was black, and I was unable to repress a certain feeling of apprehension as my fancy pictured the outer world and filled it with unfriendly entities, natural and supernatural--chief among which, in their respective classes, were the grizzly bear, which I knew was occasionally still seen in that region, and the ghost, which I had reason to think was not.
So far then are they eternal entities, as real to-day as in the first Olympiad.
They speak of "neutral" entities as the stuff out of which both mind and matter are constructed.
But entities subject only to physical laws, or only to psychological laws, are not neutral, and may be called respectively purely material and purely mental.
29, 2003, passthrough entities are required to withhold tax on distributions to nonresident owners.
2, Entity and Display, specifies criteria for determining what entities must be included in federal general purpose financial statements.
The primary purpose of the meeting is to set in motion the process of amending the Festival's by-laws to prohibit licensing or franchising of the Pageant of the Masters for performance by other entities outside Laguna Beach.
Indeed, the preamble to the proposed consolidated hedging regulations acknowledges that prudent business practices require affiliated groups in many instances to centralize hedging activities in one or more entities in order to hedge risks on an aggregate basis without regard to the actual location of an economic risk among separate legal entities.