ex nihilo nihil fit

Pronunciation key

( eks nīhil-ō nīhil fit )
( ĕks nēə-lō′, nī-, nĭ-)

ex ni•hi•lo ni•hil fit

adj. and adv.


  1. Out of nothing comes nothing. Nothing is made out of nothing.
  2. Out of nothing.
  3. Nothing is created from nothing. All that exists has always existed.


  • The American College Dictionary (Random House) ©1949
  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Reader's Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary ©1966-1967
  • Funk and Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary ©1977
  • The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition ©1985
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