An entity is anything that claims independent existence (as opposed to merely being part of a whole), whether as a subject or as an object, actually or potentially, concretely or abstractly.
The term is broad in scope and may refer to animals; natural features like mountains; inanimate objects like tables; abstractions like numbers or sets; human contrivances like laws, corporations and academic disciplines; or supernatural beings like Gods and spirits.
The adjectival form is entitative and refers to something considered in its own right.
That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form.
The existence of something considered apart from its properties.
Anything about which information or data can be stored in a database; in particular, an organised array or set of individual elements or parts.
The state or quality of being or existence.
"The group successfully maintains its tribal entity."
A collection of physical, biological, psychological or symbolic elements that creates a whole, unified concept or pattern which is other than the sum of its parts, due to the relationships between the parts (of a character, personality, entity, or being)
"This biography is the first one to consider fully the writer's gestalt."
a thing with distinct and independent existence
"Church and empire were fused in a single entity"
"entity and nonentity"
A real being, whether in thought (as an ideal conception) or in fact; being; essence; existence.
that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)
a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts