[ in-ig-zis-tuhnt ]
/ ˌɪn ɪgˈzɪs tənt /
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not existent; having no existence; nonexistent.



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Origin of inexistent

1640–50; <Late Latin inexistent- (stem of inexistēns) not existing. See in-3, existent
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Example sentences from the Web for inexistent

  • Is it possible for an inexistent thing to vouch for the existence of something which we know only from its attestations?

    The Reform of Education|Giovanni Gentile
  • At the bottom of the ravine the alternative vanishes; becomes a thing inexistent, in fact.

    The Helpers|Francis Lynde
  • He was a good subject for speculation because imponderable and inexistent.

    A Bed of Roses|W. L. George

British Dictionary definitions for inexistent

/ (ˌɪnɪɡˈzɪstənt) /


a rare word for nonexistent

Derived forms of inexistent

inexistence or inexistency, noun
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