non·​fac·​tor | \ ˌnän-ˈfak-tər How to pronounce nonfactor (audio) \

Definition of nonfactor

: something or someone that is not a factor especially : something or someone that does not actively contribute to the production of a result The passing game suffered most as the wide receivers were mostly nonfactors. — Chris Dempsey

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Recent Examples on the Web Offensive line/running backs: The run game regressed to a nonfactor, with the five rotating running backs combining for 69 yards. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football stock watch: A few bright spots in nightmare at Iowa," 9 Nov. 2020 Ronald Jones was a nonfactor the rest of the half as Leonard Fournette got most of the action. oregonlive, "Tampa Bay Buccaneers rally past the New York Giants: Recap, score, stats and more," 3 Nov. 2020 But Mattison, who finished with 10 carries for 26 yards in the Vikings' loss to Atlanta, was first stonewalled and then rendered a nonfactor when Kirk Cousins' interceptions were quickly turned into Falcons touchdowns. Star Tribune, "Week 6 Vikings spotlight: Alexander Mattison," 18 Oct. 2020 D’Andre Swift led the Lions with five catches for 60 yards but was largely a nonfactor in the running department. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Ugly grades for Detroit Lions and Matt Patricia as defense gets shredded by Packers," 20 Sep. 2020 Middleton was somehow even more of a nonfactor than Game 1, finishing just 1 of 8 from the floor with two points. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 111, Magic 96: Although short of perfect, Game 2 was a whole lot better," 20 Aug. 2020 Such a non-threatening attack hindered receivers’ numbers and made Pittsburgh tight end nonfactors. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "How the revamped Browns match up with the Steelers in 2020," 28 May 2020 His production slipped last year, however, after being a nonfactor in Super Bowl LIII amid a mysterious injury. Jimmy Hascup, USA TODAY, "Falcons RB Todd Gurley said Deion Sanders 'hatin' on me' over choosing No. 21," 12 Apr. 2020 But there’s not much depth in Triple A. Rusney Castillo is a nonfactor because his addition to the roster would trigger a $10.04 million hit to the payroll as calculated for the competitive balance tax. Alex Speier,, "Worcester’s John Andreoli getting a chance to play for the home team," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of nonfactor

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonfactor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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