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n, pl entia (ˈɛnʃɪə)
1. (Philosophy) being or existence in the most general abstract sense
2. (Philosophy) a real thing, esp as opposed to an attribute; entity
[C16: from Late Latin, literally: being, from Latin esse to be]
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