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

Examples of nonexistence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The label seemingly floated into nonexistence, never fully engaging with the emerging music business shifts toward streaming or the digital exploitation of music. Dan Rys, Billboard, 5 Aug. 2021 Feelings can also manifest themselves emotionally, translating to depression, a feeling of nonexistence, or even fits of frustration or rage. Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Others have pointed out how the line separating some docuseries from reality soaps has blurred to near-nonexistence. Judy Berman, Time, 1 Apr. 2021 What was supposed to protect media in its reportage brought about the deterioration of journalistic standards to the point of virtual nonexistence. WSJ, 29 Mar. 2021 Its composition uses the white of the paper to evoke the animal’s coat and its polar environment, suggesting the imminent possibility of their collapse into nonexistence. Anne Collins Goodyear, The Conversation, 26 Feb. 2021 Telegram, the messaging app that has exploded in popularity as users have fled WhatsApp over privacy concerns and Parler over its current state of nonexistence. Brian Barrett, Wired, 30 Jan. 2021 That made my career path pretty clear, along with the nonexistence of women doing play-by-play. Jon Schultz,, 25 Jan. 2021 In many cases, these objections are based on misunderstandings; evolutionary theory does not prove the nonexistence of God. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of nonexistence

1646, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonexistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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