nonevent

noun
non·​event | \ ˈnän-i-ˌvent How to pronounce nonevent (audio) , ˌnän-i-ˈvent\

Definition of nonevent

1a : an expected event that fails to take place or to satisfy expectations
b : an often highly publicized event of little intrinsic interest or significance
2 : an occurrence that is officially ignored

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In terms of its effect , a drone that fell from the skies one recent morning in an area south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, was a nonevent. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "Libya’s two wars: One on the battlefield and one on Facebook," 17 June 2019 For some areas, this may turn out to be a nonevent: a little wet snow that doesn’t accumulate much. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Quick burst of snow could slow Tuesday morning commute for some," 29 Jan. 2018 While its primary simulation shows a big winter storm in the Mid-Atlantic region, about a third of its 50 alternative simulations with small tweaks present a nonevent, and another third a moderate event. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "European computer model suggests that the Mid-Atlantic region should monitor a potential storm next week," 15 Mar. 2018 Suite holders are also encouraged to use the space for company meetings and private gatherings on nonevent days at the arena. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks sell the last of 34 luxury suites at the new $524 million basketball arena," 12 June 2018 Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Badminton game sets off alarms," 27 Apr. 2018 Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Badminton game sets off alarms," 27 Apr. 2018 Here are four possible scenarios, based on the latest models’ forecasts: Scenario 1, nonevent — 50 percent chance. Wes Junker And Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "The chance of a major winter storm in Washington on Sunday and Monday has markedly decreased," 8 Mar. 2018 Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Badminton game sets off alarms," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nonevent

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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nonevent

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English Language Learners Definition of nonevent

informal : an event that is much less interesting or important than it was expected to be

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