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n. Informal
An anticipated or highly publicized event that does not occur or proves anticlimactic or boring.
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a disappointing or insignificant occurrence, esp one predicted to be important
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(ˌnɒn ɪˈvɛnt)

1. a usu. well publicized event that is anticipated but does not occur or occurs with little impact; anticlimax.
2. an occasion that creates little or no interest.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonevent - an anticipated event that turns out to be far less significant than was expected
event - something that happens at a given place and time
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In managing risks, as in solving crimes, what appear to be nonevents can actually be quite informative.
The events in question extend from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Gulf War to the attacks on the World Trade Center but include as well the daily events, the psychic events, the nonevents often overlooked by the worlds of art and information alike-housing, rural life, immigration, biogenetics, gender relations, prisons, and so on.
At that time, Levitt said he had difficulty accepting that some so-called nonevents simply don't matter "in markets where missing an earnings projection by a penny can result in a loss of millions of dollars in market capitalization."