non·​ex·​is·​tent ˌnän-ig-ˈzi-stənt How to pronounce nonexistent (audio)
: not in actual or present occurrence : not existing
… historical accounts of the first Thanksgiving are almost nonexistentJasper White
Water was often a luxury, bathrooms were nonexistent, the food was often suspect.Noel Vietmeyer
Although brain size and organization became basically modern at least 100,000 years ago, with the robust Neanderthals, their advances in tool-making were slight, their self-expression through art virtually nonexistent.John Noble Wilford

Examples of nonexistent in a Sentence

our perennially nonexistent computer tech is, once again, not here today
Recent Examples on the Web Finishing school before having kids, for example, is linked to lower or nonexistent motherhood penalties. Rachel M. Cohen, Vox, 9 July 2024 Walk-up tickets are very rare but not nonexistent as last-minute tour tickets for regular tours occasionally become available. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 Cell phone coverage is nonexistent in these parts, so prepare for unencumbered peace. Rebecca Deurlein, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2024 Home computers and internet access were practically nonexistent in 1984 and now make up 2 percent of household expenses. Kevin Schaul, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for nonexistent 

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonexistent was in 1646

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“Nonexistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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