An entity is something that has a distinct, separate
existence, though it need not be a material existence. In particular, abstractions and legal fictions are usually regarded as entities. In general, there is also no presumption that an entity is animate. Entities are used in system developmental models that display communications and internal processing of, say, documents compared to order processing.
An entity could be viewed as a set containing
subsets. In philosophy, such sets are said to be abstract objects.
Sometimes, the word "entity" is used in a general sense of a
being, whether or not the referent has material existence; e.g., is often referred to as an entity with no corporealform, such as a language. It is also often used to refer to ghostsand other spirits. Taken further, "entity" sometimes refers to existence or being itself. For example, the former U.S. diplomat George F. Kennanonce said that "the policy of the government of the United States is to seek . . . to preserve Chinese territorial and administrative "entity"."
The word "entitative" is the adjective form of the noun entity. Something that is entitative is "considered as pure entity; abstracted from all circumstances", that is, regarded as entity alone, apart from attendant circumstances.
law, an entity is something capable of bearing legal rights and obligations. It generally means "legal entity" (such as a business entity or a corporate entity) or " artificial person" but also includes " natural person".
* A DBMS entity is "either" a thing in the modelled world "or" a drawing element in an ERD.
* A SUMO, Entity is the root node and stands for the universal class of individuals.
VHDL, entity is the keyword for defining a new object.
* An SGML entity is an abbreviation for some expanded piece of SGML text.
open systems architectureentity is an active routine within a layer.
computer games and game engines, entity is a dynamicobject such as a non-player characteror item.
HTML, entity is a code snippet (ie: "&reg;" for "Registered Trademark") which is interpreted by web browsers to display special characters. See List of XML and HTML character entity references.
Boltzmann brain, a hypothesized self-aware entity.
Entity realism, a form of scientific realism.
Ontology, the study of being, existence and entities
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