If your little sister turns her lemonade stand into a lemonade empire, she might incorporate it as a company. Under the law, it would be considered an entity, or a separate being for purposes of government control.

The word entity originally meant "being, existence," and was borrowed from Medieval Latin entitas, from Latin ens, irregular form of esse "to be, exist." The suffix –ity means "quality or state." Medieval Christian philosophers, influenced by the Church Fathers and Aristotle, discussed the concept of ens "abstract being" versus esse "actual being."

Definitions of entity

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

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physical entity
an entity that has physical existence
abstract entity, abstraction
a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples
an entity that is not named specifically
a separate and self-contained entity
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
that which has mass and occupies space
psychological feature
a feature of the mental life of a living organism
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
physical process, process
a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
group, grouping
any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
amount, measure, quantity
how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
a thing that is different
anything that freshens
anathema, horror
something that inspires dislike; something horrible
crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey
something excellent of its kind
anything that serves to pacify
security blanket
anything that an adult person uses to reduce anxiety
anything that gives off an offensive odor (especially a cheap cigar)
whacker, whopper
something especially big or impressive of its kind
an abstract spiritual world beyond earthly reality
(mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
material of a particular kind or constitution

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