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 of nonstarter from the Web
Some council members at the time interpreted AECOM’s overture as a proposal to also manage and maintain KCI — essentially privatizing the airport — which some said was a nonstarter.
Booting that many people off health care coverage is a nonstarter for many Republican senators.
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NONSTARTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nonstarter for English Language Learners
: someone or something that will not be effective or successful
sports : a player who is not chosen to play at the beginning of games : a player who is not one of the starters on a team
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