- an event or situation that is anticipated but does not occur or occurs with much less than the expected impact, especially one that has been widely publicized; anticlimax.
- an occurrence of only superficial interest or content; a dull or insignificant occasion.
Origin of nonevent
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- a disappointing or insignificant occurrence, esp one predicted to be important
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Word Origin and History for non-event
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