non·​ex·​is·​ten·​tial ˌnän-ˌeg-(ˌ)zi-ˈsten(t)-shəl How to pronounce nonexistential (audio)
: not existential
Sometimes nations are attacked or invaded and war is thrust on them. These wars rarely prove controversial. A more difficult case exists with respect to wars of choice, when a nation can elect to start a war or not, often based on differing assessments of nonexistential threat, the costs, and the benefits imagined to flow from a war.Scott Horton

Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonexistential was in 1893

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“Nonexistential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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