non·​en·​ti·​ty | \ˌnän-ˈen-tə-tē, -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

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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 Chichikov is not only in government: The squeaking wheels of his carriage are audible wherever corrupt nonentities pawn human lives for petty comforts. Julian Lucas, New York Times, "The Russian Comic Writer Who’s an Antidote to Mad Times," 2 May 2018 Sanofi and Regeneron are making the pricing concession in hopes of jump-starting sales of Praluent, which has been a commercial nonentity since winning approval in 2015. Damian Garde, STAT, "Saddled with sluggish sales, Regeneron and Sanofi slash the cost of cholesterol-lowering drug," 1 May 2018 But far from a nonentity, Marshall became the longest-serving and most influential chief justice in history. Kate Galbraith, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Without Precedent,’ by Joel Richard Paul; ‘Supreme Injustice,’ by Paul Finkelman," 7 Mar. 2018 From the mid-1920s through the mid-1950s, thousands of patients, seen as defectives and moral nonentities, were sterilized without their consent. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Beautiful Poems About a House of Horrors," 14 Mar. 2017 For much of hockey’s history, France has been a nonentity. Tal Pinchevsky, New York Times, "France Prepares to Stake Its Place in World Hockey," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of nonentity

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
plural nonentities

Kids Definition of nonentity

: someone or something of no importance

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