non·​en·​ti·​ty | \ ˌnän-ˈen-tə-tē How to pronounce nonentity (audio) , -ˈe-nə- \

Definition of nonentity

1 : something that does not exist or exists only in the imagination
3 : a person or thing of little consequence or significance

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Examples of nonentity in a Sentence

the arctic circle is a nonentity—you won't see it on the way to the north pole was so quiet he was almost a nonentity at the meeting
Recent Examples on the Web His gargantuan contract may have seemed like job security, but the Raiders are a relative nonentity on the NFL’s power rankings. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2021 The Republican Party has become a nonentity in statewide races — the last time a Republican was elected statewide was in 2006. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2021 How can someone who commanded over 80 million followers on Twitter before being banned, and who remains the central figure in Republican politics, produce a blog that is such a nonentity in the contemporary media environment? Philip M. Napoli, Wired, 5 June 2021 Hutch feels like a nonentity in his own life, beaten down by the ennui of routine; cowed by his own reluctance to violently engage a few burglars, which garners ridicule from his family, friends and the beat cop who takes his statement. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 Mar. 2021 William Rogers, who served as secretary of state during the entirety of the Nixon term, was basically a nonentity. Jay Cost, Washington Examiner, 31 Dec. 2020 The Whigs lasted less than a quarter century; the last Whig president was a nonentity named Millard Fillmore, who later aligned himself with the xenophobic, nativist Know-Nothing Party. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2020 The offense, a nonentity in the early weeks, continued to roll on Tuesday. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 18 Aug. 2020 The consequences of this practice were serious: An illegitimate child was a legal nonentity, like an unbaptized child under old-school Catholic dogma. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nonentity

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonentity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonentity

: a person who is not famous or important


non·​en·​ti·​ty | \ nän-ˈen-tə-tē How to pronounce nonentity (audio) \
plural nonentities

Kids Definition of nonentity

: someone or something of no importance

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