non·​start·​er | \ ˌnän-ˈstär-tər How to pronounce nonstarter (audio) \

Definition of nonstarter

1 : one that does not start
2 : someone or something that is not productive or effective his son has been, in politics a nonstarter— Anthony Lejeune

Examples of nonstarter in a Sentence

She's the leading scorer among the team's nonstarters.
Recent Examples on the Web The players were seeking a $240 million pool without hard slots, which was a nonstarter. Peter Abraham,, 30 July 2022 Spain and Portugal have already said making mandatory reductions are a nonstarter. Raf Casert, ajc, 25 July 2022 But there are also those for whom Amazon, whether delivered by human or by drone, is a nonstarter. Caroline O’donovan, Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2022 On the other hand, many people initially thought the Watergate scandal was a nonstarter. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 In Handmaid's Tale, set in a dystopian—and not too unimaginable—future where reproductive rights are a nonstarter and women are chattel, the song is played for wrenching irony. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2022 An exception would be if the United Nations Security Council referred the case to the ICC, but that is a nonstarter since Russia has veto power as a permanent council member. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Any deal that would require concessions by the U.S. would seem a nonstarter, especially with Russia at war with Ukraine and the U.S. coordinating actions involving Russia with Western allies. Eric Tucker, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 Steam Proton's compatibility wrapper currently cannot reckon with EAC in a way that works with server check-ins, and this makes any EAC-reliant fare, like Halo: Master Chief Collection or Halo Infinite, a Deck nonstarter. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nonstarter

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonstarter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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