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1. One that does not start: The rookie catcher is expected to be a nonstarter for most games.
2. An idea, proposal, or person with no chance of being accepted or successful.


1. (Horse Racing) a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
2. a person or thing that is useless, has little chance of success, etc


(nɒnˈstɑr tər)
an issue, plan, etc., that does not get or deserve to get under way.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonstarter - a person with a record of failingnonstarter - a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
bankrupt, insolvent - someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts
flash in the pan - someone who enjoys transient success but then fails
dud, flop, washout - someone who is unsuccessful
underdog - one at a disadvantage and expected to lose
2.nonstarter - a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
bangtail, race horse, racehorse - a horse bred for racing


[ˌnɒnˈstɑːtəʳ] n it's a nonstarterè fallito in partenza
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It also surely makes the proposed play-off for our fourth Champions League spot a nonstarter and shows FA chief Richard Scudamore in his true light.
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A product that forces a company to conform to its internal processes is obviously a nonstarter, as it forces the organization to conform to the tool, rather than the tool supporting the organization.
9 million proposal to transfer management of the remaining schools to tribes and private educational contractors was a political nonstarter.
Sir, - Mr Williams' proposal of substituting wolves for hunting (Post, Jan 25) is seriously flawed and a nonstarter.
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Sadly, MacDonald's policy was sacrificed on the higher altar of free trade and it is evident that quotas are a nonstarter.