nonexistential

adjective
non·​ex·​is·​ten·​tial | \ ˌnän-ˌeg-(ˌ)zi-ˈsten(t)-shəl How to pronounce nonexistential (audio) , ˌek-(ˌ)si- \

Definition of nonexistential

: 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

First Known Use of nonexistential

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonexistential was in 1893

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“Nonexistential.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonexistential. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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