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Origin of nonentity

First recorded in 1590–1600; non- + entity

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Contemporary Examples of non-entity

  • The Republican Party, now at the nadir of its popularity, is becoming more than a non-entity among young people.

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    The Obama Generation

    Anna Greenberg

    April 26, 2009

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British Dictionary definitions for non-entity


noun plural -ties
  1. an insignificant person or thing
  2. a nonexistent thing
  3. the state of not existing; nonexistence
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Word Origin and History for non-entity

also nonentity, c.1600, "something which does not exist," from non- + entity. Meaning "a person or thing of no importance" is attested from 1710.

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