[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-existent

Contemporary Examples of non-existent

Historical Examples of non-existent

  • Immediately both dived, and became as it were non-existent on this sphere.

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

  • 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