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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    presently existing
    “the existing system”
    Synonyms:
    present
    temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration
  3. adjective
    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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