Simple Definition of nonstarter
: someone or something that will not be effective or successful
sports : a player who is not chosen to play at the beginning of games : a player who is not one of the starters on a team
Full Definition of nonstarter
1 : one that does not start
2 : someone or something that is not productive or effective <his son has been, in politics a nonstarter — Anthony Lejeune>
Examples of nonstarter
She's the leading scorer among the team's nonstarters.
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