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non·​end·​ing ˌnän-ˈen-diŋ How to pronounce nonending (audio)
: never ending : endless, unending
a seemingly nonending task


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: an incomplete or inadequate ending
… made her prime-time debut on Girlfriends, which ran for nearly nine seasons before an unceremonious nonending in 2008.Regina R. Robertson
Once, people probably broke up maturely, in conversations inarguably final in tone. Now we have ragged nonendings.Phoebe Luckhurst

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Meanwhile, those of us in Dallas are left to contemplate the ultimate nonending to a flamboyant and perpetually entertaining career. Mike Shropshire, Slate Magazine, 5 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


1834, in the meaning defined above


circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonending was in 1834

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“Nonending.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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