nonhappening

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noun non·hap·pen·ing \ ˌnän-ˈhap-niŋ , -ˈha-pə- \

Definition of nonhappening

1 :failure to happen
  • A debt is contingent if the debtor's liability is determined by the happening or nonhappening of a future event.
  • —John H. Williamson
2 a :something that does not happen
  • But perhaps the most important happening in this offseason was a nonhappening: not one of the NASL's 24 franchises folded or moved.
  • —John Feinstein
b :something (such as an event) that is not interesting, entertaining, or important
  • … it was a late-night match, not televised, past most newspaper deadlines, therefore practically a nonhappening except for those in attendance.
  • —Bud Collins

First Known Use of nonhappening

1850


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