[non-ig-zis-tuh ns]


absence of existence.
a thing that has no existence.

Origin of nonexistence

First recorded in 1640–50; non- + existence
Related formsnon·ex·ist·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-existence

Historical Examples of non-existence

  • My object was, to ascertain the existence or non-existence of Leonora's jealousy.

  • But it is the same thing; for eternity is the non-existence of time.

  • At all events, it is as impossible to demonstrate the non-existence of the one unit as the other.

  • For I declare that the truth is as I have written, and that each of us is a measure of existence and of non-existence.

  • But we forget that our hero, like Tristram Shandy, is still in the limbo of non-existence.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Paul Elmer More

Word Origin and History for non-existence

1640s; see non- + existence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper