Definition of noncontender
: a competitor who is considered to have no real chance of winning something (such as a championship or an election) The first round of the high school football playoffs generally is where the noncontenders—those teams with losing records that slid into the postseason as No. 4 seeds—quickly are weeded out. — Chip Saye, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 19 Nov. 2010 Here's a vote for Minnesota's Gary Gaetti, often overlooked because he has been playing for a non-contender in a low–visibility market, as the league's best all-round third baseman. — The Sporting News, 8 June 1987
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