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1. The condition of not existing.
2. Something that does not exist.

non′ex·is′tent adj.
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(ˌnɒn ɪgˈzɪs təns)

1. absence of existence.
2. something that has no existence.
non`ex•ist′ent, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonexistence - the state of not existing
nonbeing - the state of not being
irreality, unreality - the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
nihility, nothingness, nullity, void - the state of nonexistence
impossibility, impossibleness - incapability of existing or occurring
being, beingness, existence - the state or fact of existing; "a point of view gradually coming into being"; "laws in existence for centuries"
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The condition of not existing:
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[ˌnɒnɪgˈzɪstns] ninesistenza
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Harriet did think him all perfection, and maintained the nonexistence of any body equal to him in person or goodnessand did, in truth, prove herself more resolutely in love than Emma had foreseen; but yet it appeared to her so natural, so inevitable to strive against an inclination of that sort unrequited, that she could not comprehend its continuing very long in equal force.
I really believe that had they not been so, I should have rushed off incontinently and blown Sphinx, bronze doors, and (as it proved) my chances of finding the Time Machine, all together into nonexistence.
His way of ignoring people whose presence inconvenienced him actually gave them, if they were sensitive to it, a feeling of invisibility, of nonexistence. Archer, as the three strolled back through the park, was aware of this odd sense of disembodiment; and humbling as it was to his vanity it gave him the ghostly advantage of observing unobserved.
Nonexistence is not merely a function of not being born or nothingness.
Their resurgence has been almost nonexistence but their always a ray of hope.
He looks at things that do not exists, God's existence and nonexistents, nonexistence and creatures, and providence and freedom.
The Jewish Community in BiH has always emphasized the nonexistence of anti-Semitic outbursts in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a positive example of Bosnia and Herzegovina's way of life and the cultivation of good neighborly relations.
Lashari lamented the nonexistence of walking culture seeing as how there are no margins left in the city.
Deprivationists have argued that prenatal nonexistence is not bad because it is impossible to be conceived earlier, but postmortem nonexistence is bad because it is possible to live longer.
State prosecutors had been presenting local government officials as witnesses to the nonexistence of projects that Napoles' NGOs got allegedly with the help of Revilla.
Marching towards authoritarianism, Banglad-esh's political structure is almost on the brink of nonexistence, thanks to the revengeful policies of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid.
Rugoff's show turns Bruno Latour's famous thesis about the nonexistence of modernity into a question.