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- The state of not being, not existing, or not being perceptible.
1941, Giuseppe di Gioia, Swift are the Shadows, page 78:
- In order to prove the inexistence of God, he challenged Him to strike him down in five minutes while timing himself with a watch.
2007, Jacques-Alain Miller, “The Sinthome, A Mixture of Symptom and Fantasy”, in The Later Lacan, ISBN 0791469972, page 57:
- Axiomatics (namely, that everything that will be used for the purposes of a demonstration is explained) does nothing more than formalizing this wiping clean — in other words, inexistence is posed as the condition for necessity to emerge.
- The state of existing in something
1854, Christopher Walton, Notes and Materials for an Adequate Biography of the Celebrated Divine and Theosopher: William Law, page 207:
- She distinguished as to this, the inexistence in God from eternity, and the figurative manifestation in time.
- That which exists within; a constituent.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of A. Tucker to this entry?)
- In modern philosophical writing, this is chiefly used with the sense "nonexistence" as a literal translation or calque of a corresponding term in another European language, such as the German Inexistenz or the Spanish inexistencia.
inexistence f (plural inexistences)