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[non-stahr-ter] /nɒnˈstɑr tər/
an issue, plan, etc., that does not get or deserve to get under way.
Origin of nonstarter
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for nonstarter
  • But requiring professors who teach similar courses to all use the same textbook would be a nonstarter.
  • But if you're going after poor people, recruiting kids from higher socioeconomic backgrounds is an obvious nonstarter.
  • Without specific information on the source or the target, though, the topic was a nonstarter.
  • They've long argued that cap-and-trade was a political nonstarter.
  • Any talk of residuals, past or future, was simply a nonstarter.
  • Asking legislatures to centralize school funding at the state level was a political nonstarter.
  • The idea that you'll take complete control of the meal while you're a guest in her house is probably a nonstarter.
  • Allowing naps during breaks on overnight shifts was dismissed as a nonstarter.
  • We don't know what is and is not a political nonstarter.
  • If he proposes another stimulus bill along the lines as the last one, it will be a nonstarter, both economically and politically.
British Dictionary definitions for nonstarter


a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
a person or thing that is useless, has little chance of success, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for nonstarter



A failure; also-ran, loser: The proposed travel book now seemed to be a nonstarter/ Compromises should be considered ''nonstarters'' (1909+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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