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ex nihilo

[ eks nahy-uh-loh, nee-uh- ]
/ ˌɛks ˈnaɪ əˌloʊ, ˈni ə- /
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adverb, adjective Latin.

out of nothing; from nothing.

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Origin of ex nihilo

First recorded in 1575–85; from Latin ex nihilō, equivalent to ex + nihilō (ablative singular of nihil “nothing”); see origin at ex-1, nil
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