I'm trying to convey the idea of the existence of a determined future object that does not yet exist.

In other words,

the future existence of a currently non-existing object.

I don't think simply using the word existence for it is right since for now the object does not exist. It is only coming into existence in the future.

So is there a more technical term to express the future existence (or "coming-existence") of a currently non-existing object?

  • I would say "future existence" (no need for a hyphen) and "non-existing". – Peter Shor Dec 18 '12 at 18:21
  • @PeterShor yeah I think the hyphen is unnecessary too since it is just an adjetive and a noun. Thanks for the reminder. I should correct it. – user19341 Dec 18 '12 at 18:24
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    The phrase non-existed isn’t very English-sounding. Maybe you want nonexistent or non-existing? – Daniel Harbour Dec 18 '12 at 18:35
  • @DanielHarbour yeah definitely. Using the not very English-sounding word non-existed makes it looks like I'm emphasizing the nonexistence in the past and that's never my intention. – user19341 Dec 18 '12 at 18:51
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    .........future (the dots are merely to make the comment possible) – Edwin Ashworth Dec 18 '12 at 19:48

e·mer·gence /iˈmərjəns/ emergences, plural (Google)
The process of coming into being, or of becoming important or prominent.
- the emergence of the environmental movement
- Japan's emergence as a modern state

... come into existence. (AHD-IV,2000)
come into existence; take on form or shape; (WordNet 3.0)

  • A solid choice. You could qualify it with "impending" or "eventual" to indicate that it's coming sooner or later. – Hellion Dec 19 '12 at 5:04
  • @Hellion Yes, depending on how future is qualified in OP's context. Gradual, eventual, impending, strategic ... all might be possible. – Kris Dec 19 '12 at 6:38

A suitable "everyday" word would be creation, for example.

More technical terms include instantiation, incarnation, embodiment, actualisation, reification, etc.

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