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.).
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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
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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
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Translations

might-have-been

[ˈmaɪtəvˌbiːn] Nesperanza f no cumplida
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