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

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonanswer was in 1832

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“Nonanswer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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