non·​ex·​is·​tence | \ ˌnän-ig-ˈzi-stən(t)s How to pronounce nonexistence (audio) \

Definition of nonexistence

: absence of existence : the negation of being

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Even with just a fraction of the investment, the Netherlands has launched its women’s team from nonexistence to almost-World-Cup-champions in little more than a decade. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Deserves More Than a Trophy," 7 July 2019 The charming monstrosity abhors Bonnie’s love, though, and would rather return to the warm embrace of nonexistence. Darren Franich,, "Toy Story 4 goes beyond endings, with mixed results: EW review," 13 June 2019 So while our declaration about the sequence’s nonexistence in the OEIS was factually correct, the canonical sequence is, in fact, part of the OEIS. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Be Still My Pulsating Sequence’," 25 Nov. 2015 But there was something about the nonexistence of female foosball tables that brought home the magnitude of this form of gender bias. Washington Post, "It’s 2019. Why are sports-themed toys still so boy-centric?," 8 June 2019 One exception is Buddhism, which preaches the nonexistence of a stable self. Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 May 2018 The Department of Justice would not comment on the existence or nonexistence of this investigation to The Verge. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Department of Justice reportedly investigating AT&T and Verizon over collusion against eSIM technology," 20 Apr. 2018 One that has continuously attempted to push nonwhites into nonexistence through crusades that have been defended by the law. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Texas State University and the War on Whiteness," 13 Apr. 2018 For nonbinary youth like Davi, that means nothing less than a shift from nonexistence to existence in the eyes of the law. Annie Tritt, Vox, "States are starting to recognize a third gender. Here’s what that means for nonbinary youth.," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nonexistence

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonexistence was in 1646

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