variants: or non-contender \ ˌnän-​kən-​ˈten-​dər How to pronounce noncontender (audio) \
plural noncontenders or non-contenders

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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First Known Use of noncontender

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncontender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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