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nil

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noun
  1. nothing; naught; zero.
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adjective
  1. having no value or existence: His credit rating is nil.
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Origin of nil

1805–15; < Latin nīl, variant (by apocope) of nīlum, contraction of nihilum nothing, equivalent to ni (variant of ne not) + hīlum trifle

nil admirari

[neel ahd-mee-rah-ree; English nil ad-mi-rair-ahy, -rair-ee]
Latin.
  1. to wonder at nothing.
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nil desperandum

[neel des-pe-rahn-doo m; English nil des-puh-ran-duh m]
Latin.
  1. never despair.
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British Dictionary definitions for nil

nil

noun
  1. another word for nothing: used esp in the scoring of certain games
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin

nil desperandum

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  1. never despair
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Word Origin

from Latin, literally: nothing to be despaired of
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Word Origin and History for nil

n.

"nothing," 1833, from Latin nil, contraction of nihil, nihilum "nothing, not at all; in vain," from ne- "not" (see un-) + hilum "small thing, trifle," of unknown origin.

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