existing

If something is existing, it's real. When you make a list of existing mammals, you can't include unicorns, because they don't really exist.

Something that's real can be said to exist, or to be existing. The existing laws in your state are the ones that are actually on the books, and your existing friends are the ones you really have, and who are all alive and well. The verb exist, at the root of the adjective existing, comes from the Latin existere, "come into being," from a combination of ex, "out," and sistere, "take a stand."

Definitions of existing
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adj having existence or being or actuality

“much of the beluga caviar existing in the world is found in the Soviet Union and Iran”
Synonyms:
existent
active, alive
in operation
extant
still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
Antonyms:
nonexistent
not having existence or being or actuality
extinct
(of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive
absent, lacking, missing, wanting
nonexistent
barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocent
completely wanting or lacking
nonextant
no longer existing or inaccessible through loss or destruction
vanished
having passed out of existence
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adj presently existing

“the existing system”
Synonyms:
present
temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration

adj existing in something specified

“depletion of the oxygen existing in the bloodstream”
Synonyms:
present
being or existing in a specified place

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