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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Ingram, Edwards and Hill complement one another well, and Dixon is a nonfactor on special teams. Jonas Shaffer,, "Final Ravens 53-man roster projection: Finding space for Jaleel Scott, Patrick Mekari and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Fortunately for Harris, Gabbard, whose fans include Russian bots and white nationalists like Steve Bannon, will be a nonfactor come September. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Cory Booker, Julián Castro Held Their Ground During CNN's Second Debate Night," 1 Aug. 2019 Pagan was a nonfactor, Pablo Sandoval got bigger again and Marco Scutaro never truly recovered from the brutal takeout hit that the Cardinals’ Matt Holiday administered in the 2012 National League Championship Series. Henry Schulman,, "Giants return to the scene of an odd, tense trade deadline as possible sellers again," 29 July 2019 Injuries and mechanical issues made the late-inning juggernaut a nonfactor in this first half. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A’s postseason hopes rest on patchwork pitching staff," 11 July 2019 Shaquille O’Neal was a nonfactor as a host, delivering an awkward monologue and woefully unrehearsed bits that showed why Shaq has largely abandoned his acting career in retirement. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The NBA’s Awards Show is Painful to Watch," 25 June 2019 The Raptors’ defense is too good to give them a handicap by playing nonfactors. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Warriors Are All Out of Answers for the Raptors," 7 June 2019 Unfortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith was a nonfactor Sunday night after his late-game mistake in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Josh Dubow,, "Cavs' J.R. Smith struggles in Game 2 after Game 1 blunder," 3 June 2018 Dangerfield, a nonfactor as a freshman at this point last season, had the game of her young career. Mike Anthony,, "UConn Blows Out South Carolina, Reaches Final Four In Style," 26 Mar. 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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