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[non-i-vent] /ˌnɒn ɪˈvɛnt/
an event or situation that is anticipated but does not occur or occurs with much less than the expected impact, especially one that has been widely publicized; anticlimax.
an occurrence of only superficial interest or content; a dull or insignificant occasion.
Origin of nonevent
1960-65; non- + event Unabridged
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  • During nonevent periods, the trails accommodate heavy traffic.
  • They offered several ingenious reasons for the lamented nonevent.
  • In effect, deposit insurance makes a bank failure a nonevent for the average household customer.
  • Their feat was a near nonevent in policymaking circles.
  • The sensitivity denotes the percentage of events correctly identified, while the specificity reflects the nonevent accuracy.
British Dictionary definitions for nonevent


a disappointing or insignificant occurrence, esp one predicted to be important
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Slang definitions & phrases for nonevent


  1. An apparent event staged or produced for or by the media
  2. Something invalid; something that in effect did not happen: ''As a practical matter'' the new rules are ''a nonevent'' (1962+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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