nonanswer

noun
non·​an·​swer | \ ˌnän-ˈan(t)-sər How to pronounce nonanswer (audio) \

Definition of nonanswer

: a response that fails to address the subject of a question : an uninformative or unsatisfactory answer The answer to that question is not easy to come by. "Why did I leave? Because I felt it was time that I left," is Midori's nonanswer during our first interview.— K. Robert Schwarz

Examples of nonanswer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phillip Hawkins, a single 29-year-old video editor and day trader from Baldwin Hills, had a similar nonanswer. Lz Granderson, ajc, "Many of us haven't touched another human for weeks. What's the price of no contact?," 16 Apr. 2020 The long pause from the curators led to a nonanswer that hinted: Don’t bet on it. Todd Martens, chicagotribune.com, "Originally planned for Chicago, Lucas Museum gives the Comic-Con crowd a peek at new L.A. site," 24 July 2019 The long pause from the curators led to a nonanswer that hinted: Don’t bet on it. Todd Martens, chicagotribune.com, "Originally planned for Chicago, Lucas Museum gives the Comic-Con crowd a peek at new L.A. site," 24 July 2019 The long pause from the curators led to a nonanswer that hinted: Don’t bet on it. Todd Martens, chicagotribune.com, "Originally planned for Chicago, Lucas Museum gives the Comic-Con crowd a peek at new L.A. site," 24 July 2019 The long pause from the curators led to a nonanswer that hinted: Don’t bet on it. Todd Martens, chicagotribune.com, "Originally planned for Chicago, Lucas Museum gives the Comic-Con crowd a peek at new L.A. site," 24 July 2019 The long pause from the curators led to a nonanswer that hinted: Don’t bet on it. Todd Martens, chicagotribune.com, "Originally planned for Chicago, Lucas Museum gives the Comic-Con crowd a peek at new L.A. site," 24 July 2019 The long pause from the curators led to a nonanswer that hinted: Don’t bet on it. Todd Martens, chicagotribune.com, "Originally planned for Chicago, Lucas Museum gives the Comic-Con crowd a peek at new L.A. site," 24 July 2019 The long pause from the curators led to a nonanswer that hinted: Don’t bet on it. Todd Martens, chicagotribune.com, "Originally planned for Chicago, Lucas Museum gives the Comic-Con crowd a peek at new L.A. site," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of nonanswer

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonanswer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonanswer. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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