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[non-ig-zis-tuh ns] /ˌnɒn ɪgˈzɪs təns/
absence of existence.
a thing that has no existence.
Origin of nonexistence
First recorded in 1640-50; non- + existence
Related forms
nonexistent, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Immediately both dived, and became as it were non-existent on this sphere.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Of course, he replied, I and all the world are in a difficulty about the non-existent.

    Euthydemus Plato
  • There are forces now which were non-existent in the eighteenth century.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • "So do I," said the Tamburini, who worshipped the breed even when non-existent.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • That rapture was for those who could feel it; for people who could not, it was non-existent.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
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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