nonlife

noun

non·​life ˌnän-ˈlīf How to pronounce nonlife (audio)
: absence of life
… suggested there were creatures that crossed routinely between life and nonlife, from being an organism to being a chemical—and back again. Fred Hapgood

Word History

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonlife was in 1734

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“Nonlife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonlife. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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