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Meaning of entity by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • IPA: /ˈen.tɪ.ti/, X-SAMPA: /"EntI.tI/


    entity ( plural: entities )

    1. That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form.
    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 organized array or set of individual elements or parts .
    4. The state or quality of being or existence .
      The group successfully maintains its tribal entity .


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Explanation of entity by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence ( living or nonliving )

    Definition of entity by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Entity n.; pl. Entities [LL. entitas, fr. L. ens, entis, thing, prop. p. pr. of esse to be: cf. F. entité. See Essence, Is.] A real being, whether in thought ( as an ideal conception ) or in fact; being; essence; existence.

      Self-subsisting entities, such as our own personality. Shairp.

      Fortune is no real entity, . . . but a mere relative signification. Bentley.