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[non-ig-zis-tuh ns] /ˌnɒn ɪgˈzɪs təns/
absence of existence.
a thing that has no existence.
Origin of nonexistence
1640-50; non- + existence
Related forms
nonexistent, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A public school, as the term is understood now, was non-existent.

  • It will unquestionably go to a Heaven which is as non-existent as itself.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • It must not be supposed that the intelligent Boer is non-existent; but, as I have said, he is in the minority.

    The Boer in Peace and War Arthur M. Mann
  • To her the only way of life had been that which led to God; the others had been non-existent.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • But the indebtedness may be the other way, or common to an earlier original, or non-existent.

Word Origin and History for non-existent

also nonexistent, 1650s (n.), 1680s (adj.), from non- + existent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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