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- adj. Not extant.
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- adj. No longer existing; inaccessible through loss or destruction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. no longer existing or inaccessible through loss or destruction
- adj. no longer in existence; lost or especially having died out leaving no living representatives
Reconstructing the nonextant plate text, like recovering manuscript or fair copy, aims at capturing the historical moment of first creation, but it resulted in abstractions of the kind Bob referred to as the "work" level, because the excavations cannot be verified and the methods deducing them are suspect.
Revolutions are not born to enjoy what has been done; revolutions are waged to create what is nonextant.