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Nonexistence  n.  
The state of not existing; absence of existence; the negation of being; usually used with reference to existince in the real world, or logical possiblity; as, the nonexistence of vaporware does not go unnoticed long.
Synonyms: nonentity (1).
A thing that has no existence.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Nonexistence" Quotes from Famous Books

... which should lay down as a principle the right of any stranger to become a member upon his simple request, and to straightway enjoy the rights and prerogatives of associates and even managers, would no longer be a society; the courts would officially pronounce its dissolution, its nonexistence. So, again, articles of association in which the contracting parties should stipulate no contribution of capital, but, while reserving to each the express right to compete with all, should confine themselves to a reciprocal guarantee of labor and wages, saying nothing ...
— The Philosophy of Misery • Joseph-Pierre Proudhon

... small and circular, and no signs of pregnancy in the uterus. The abdomen was distended with tympanites and the rectum much dilated with accumulated feces. Dr. Madden left her, telling her that she was not pregnant, and when she reappeared at his office in a few days, he reassured her of the nonexistence of pregnancy; she became very indignant, triumphantly squeezed lactescent fluid from her breasts, and, insisting that she could feel fetal movements, left to seek a more sympathetic accoucheur. Underhill, in the words of Hamilton, describes a woman as "having acquired ...
— Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine • George M. Gould

... positive existence and nothing, wherever we suppose positive existence to cease, is another chasm infinitely deep; where there is room again for endless orders of subordinate nature, continued for ever and for ever, and yet infinitely superiour to nonexistence. ...
— The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6 - Reviews, Political Tracts, and Lives of Eminent Persons • Samuel Johnson

... order!"—"let all my subjects be good, innocent, fortunate!"—than to say, "Let everything exist?" Was it more difficult for this God to do His work well than to do it so badly? Was it any farther from the nonexistence of beings to their wise and happy existence, than from their non-existence to their insensate and miserable existence? Religion speaks to us of a hell—that is, of a fearful place where, notwithstanding His goodness, God reserves eternal ...
— Superstition In All Ages (1732) - Common Sense • Jean Meslier

... soul and body sleep together from the epoch of death till the resurrection. That during that term, the soul is chained down in a state of insensibility! That the happiness of the saints, during the intermediate term, is no other than a sleep without dreams—a temporary nonexistence! Strange! ...
— Sermons on Various Important Subjects • Andrew Lee

Words linked to "Nonexistence" :   nonentity, nonbeing, nonexistent, irreality, existence, nothingness, unreality, impossibility

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