non·​can·​di·​date ˌnän-ˈkan-də-ˌdāt How to pronounce noncandidate (audio)
: a person who is not a candidate
especially : one who has refused to be a candidate for a particular political office
noncandidacy noun

Examples of noncandidate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vote for a marginal party or write in our displeasure with a noncandidate? Jesse A. Myerson, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2020 Despite being a noncandidate, Mr. Brown seemed to make a shadow campaign swing this month. New York Times, 23 July 2019 The donation appears to be the largest noncandidate contribution ever given to a campaign. Rick Pearson,, 17 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncandidate was in 1898

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“Noncandidate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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