noncontender

noun non·con·tend·er
variants: or non-contender play \ˌnän-kən-ˈten-dər\

Definition of noncontender

plural noncontenders or non-contenders
: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 SayeAtlanta Journal-Constitution19 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 News8 June 1987

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First Known Use of noncontender

1921


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