ˈnō-ˈwin How to pronounce no-win (audio)
: not likely to give victory, success, or satisfaction : that cannot be won
a no-win situation
a no-win war

Examples of no-win in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Channel your emotions and energy into self-improvements and gains that benefit you instead of drama and emotional disputes that put you in a no-win situation. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 29 May 2024 Avoid discussions that can lead to a no-win situation. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 An emotional argument will turn into a no-win situation. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 Distance yourself from no-win situations and head in a productive direction. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2024 Trump Ordered To Pay Over 350 Million In Civil Fraud Case As Judge Finds Ex President Knowingly Committed Fraud No Win Situation? Deciding when to visit the scene of a crisis can be a no-win proposition. Edward Segal, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Politics in Brief 2024 election: President Joe Biden is in a bizarre, no-win situation in New Hampshire. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 16 Jan. 2024 To simply measure his young team by victories would be a no-win situation, or at best a rare-win one. Pat Graham, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 Johnson finds himself in a no-win situation of his own making. Noah Rothman, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of no-win was in 1961

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“No-win.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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