non·​ex·​is·​tence ˌnän-ig-ˈzi-stən(t)s How to pronounce nonexistence (audio)
: absence of existence : the negation of being

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After anticipating these messages for hours, their nonexistence felt like an even greater letdown. Ellen O'brien, Outside Online, 12 Jan. 2023 What kind of criminal activity must a corporation commit to face real consequences—for the justice system to compel the company into nonexistence or jail its executives? Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2022 The fetus, an unseen body inside of a body, suspended between nonexistence and existence, is defined by parental expectation and cultural imagination. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2022 The larger political ecosystem is asking whether Trump will finally fade into political nonexistence. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2022 Players explode into nonexistence when soaked through in rival colors and fly back into the fight after a few seconds on the sidelines spent checking the loadout of the person responsible for their defeat. WIRED, 22 Sep. 2022 With more and more systems and solutions being moved to the cloud, after-hours and on-call work has waned to a degree of near nonexistence in most tech environments. Paige Francis, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Skyrocketing costs for existing housing and decades of insufficient production of affordable housing has resulted in the virtual nonexistence of apartments leasing for less than $800 per month. Jennifer Hawkins,, 13 May 2022 The mandate’s nonexistence shields the Biden administration from legal challenges that may ultimately restrict the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s authority. WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonexistence was in 1646

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“Nonexistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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