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nonstarter

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noun non·start·er \-ˈstär-tər\

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. 1 :  one that does not start

  2. 2 :  someone or something that is not productive or effective <his son has been, in politics a nonstarter — Anthony Lejeune>

Examples of nonstarter

  1. She's the leading scorer among the team's nonstarters.



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First Known Use of nonstarter

1902

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