nonexistence

noun
non·​ex·​is·​tence | \ˌnän-ig-ˈzi-stən(t)s \

Definition of nonexistence 

: absence of existence : the negation of being

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nonexistent \ˌnän-​ig-​ˈzi-​stənt \ adjective

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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 Witness Toyota’s sudden-acceleration travesty, in which courts seemed to put the onus on the manufacturer to prove a negative—the nonexistence of some undetectable, unreplicable fault in its comparatively simple throttle-control software. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Big Tech Takes Us to the Unknown," 27 Mar. 2018 The inspector general’s office says its policy is to not comment on the existence or the nonexistence of an investigation. Cecilia Kang And Sydney Ember, New York Times, "Sinclair Deal With Tribune Hits Complications in Washington," 27 Feb. 2018 My family does not celebrate this, and the other children camping with us all are aware of the nonexistence of the bunny. Mallory Ortberg, Slate Magazine, "Prudie advises a letter writer who refused to pretend the Easter Bunny is real—and got accused of being anti-Christian.," 17 Apr. 2017 Because the presumption of nonexistence does not allow for the possibility of live crawfish steamed in chile sauce, while Nothingness the restaurant does. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold enters Nothingness and finds somethingness — namely, Thunderbolt frog and BBQ potato," 29 Sep. 2017

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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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