might-have-been


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might-have-been

(mīt′əv-bĭn′)
n. pl. might-have-beens (-bĭnz′)
An event that could have but never did occur: "This is one of the great might-have-beens of modern history" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

might-have-been

n
that which might have occurred if it were not for other eventssomeone who may have been important or may have done certain things if it were not for other events
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.might-have-been - an event that could have occurred but never didmight-have-been - an event that could have occurred but never did
event - something that happens at a given place and time
Translations

might-have-been

[ˈmaɪtəvˌbiːn] Nesperanza f no cumplida
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