non-starter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

non- +‎ starter

Noun[edit]

non-starter (plural non-starters)

  1. Someone or something who was listed to start in a race, but did not start in the race.
  2. Something that is destined to fail from the outset; an impractical scheme.
  3. An idea or argument that cannot be sensibly debated.