an issue, plan, etc., that does not get or deserve to get under way.
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How to use nonstarter in a sentence
In Wisconsin, where Chin is based, that’s a nonstarter, he says.How scientists are shifting their search for links between diet and dementia | Cassandra Willyard | July 5, 2022 | Science News
Still, Moscow’s demand was largely seen as a nonstarter by the West, as NATO’s open-door policy says sovereign countries can choose their own security alliances.
We very quickly realized that if people talked about right-wing terrorism, it was a nonstarter with them.Global Right-Wing Extremism Networks Are Growing. The U.S. Is Just Now Catching Up. | by Sebastian Rotella | January 22, 2021 | ProPublica
Anything that’s going to weaken or diminish the ability for our law enforcement officers to respond would be a nonstarter for me.What Republicans Say They’ll Do if They Keep Control of the Board of Supervisors | Jesse Marx | October 20, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Arranging smells in a map-like way may sound like a nonstarter.Our Mind-Boggling Sense of Smell - Issue 91: The Amazing Brain | Ann-Sophie Barwich | October 14, 2020 | Nautilus
This plan has the virtue of relative simplicity, but is considered a nonstarter with Republicans.As the Sequester Looms, the Outlines of a Solution Emerge | John Avlon | February 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
End the tax-free status of employer health benefits: So many problems with this, I think we can all agree it's a nonstarter.
I know, at this point, that the first option is a nonstarter.Who’s Skewed Now? Beaten GOP Wakes Up to the Real America | Andrew Romano | November 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Mitt Romney for president is a nonstarter, despite headquartering his campaign in the North End of Boston.
Yet even before the document became public, Republicans called it a nonstarter and dead on arrival.Obama’s 2013 Budget: Perfectly Reasonable, Absolutely Terrible | Daniel Stone | February 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for nonstarter
a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered
a person or thing that is useless, has little chance of success, etc
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