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 The offense, a nonentity in the early weeks, continued to roll on Tuesday. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Luke Weaver, offense lead Diamondbacks to sixth straight win," 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, "In This Korean Best Seller, a Young Mother Is Driven to Psychosis," 14 Apr. 2020 Cook, the band’s thunderous timekeeper, is hardly represented, but maybe that’s appropriate; the drummer should be a kind of nonentity. James Parker, The Atlantic, "What Happened When the Sex Pistols Threw a Christmas Party," 6 Mar. 2020 Biden, whose standing is declining as Bloomberg's has risen, was a nonentity during the format, at one point waving his hands to get the moderator's attention. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Bloomberg's 2020 Democratic rivals slam billionaire during his first debate appearance," 19 Feb. 2020 Then, war came, transforming Hasson from a nonentity to an important person. Sarah Abrevaya Stein, The Conversation, "Vital Hasson, the Jew who worked for the Nazis, hunted down refugees and tore apart families in WWII Greece," 21 Jan. 2020 With the memories of Monday night fresh in Emery's mind, a big win over the Portuguese nonentities will be a great chance for Arsenal to regain some form and appease the home crowd., "Arsenal vs Vitória SC Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 22 Oct. 2019 Unfortunately, the very qualities that make Dr. John such a compelling artist have effectively rendered him a commercial nonentity in the eyes of most record companies, radio programmers and pop fans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dr. John, dead at 77: Revisit our 2017 & 1989 interviews with Rock Hall of Famer," 7 June 2019 If a private informant was enlisted to feel out the Russian connections of a couple of Trump nonentities, this was at least a sensitive and discreet approach to a legitimate question when so many FBI actions were neither. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Clapper Disinformation Campaign," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of nonentity

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Sep 2020

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“Nonentity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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