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

Examples of nonexistence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After appearing before Congress to explain the meme-stock phenomenon, his social media presence dwindled to nonexistence. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 3 June 2024 After appearing before Congress to explain the meme stock craze, Gill's social media presence dwindled to nonexistence. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 13 May 2024 Examples of over-blocking — blocking of non-infringing content — have been rare to the point of nonexistence. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 As the line separating right-of-center comedians from Fox News hosts blurs to nonexistence—and as Jon Stewart returns to rant against partisan myopia on The Daily Show—Gillis makes no claim to being wiser than anyone. TIME, 23 Feb. 2024 Devices that aspire to nonexistence can still, however, be big business. Laura Kolbe, The New York Review of Books, 18 Jan. 2024 The politicians wanted to know how the city’s Department of Education signed off on a display that had brushed Israel into nonexistence. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Showing the consequences of certain actions Bailey the Second never took induces a bit more of a remove than the dire results of his grandfather’s nonexistence. Jack Butler, National Review, 25 Dec. 2023 These irrepressible death thoughts (as the film describes them) don’t make too much sense — does Paddington Bear worry about nonexistence? Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 19 July 2023

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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 19 Jun. 2024.

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