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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that fails to start.
  • n. An idea, proposal, or candidate with no chance of being accepted or successful: "Many lawmakers are pronouncing the budget a nonstarterā€ ( Christian Science Monitor).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A project that has no chance of success
  • n. A horse that does not run in a race for which it has been entered

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a person with a record of failing.
  • n. A horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered.
  • n. A proposal that will not receive serious consideration by those with authority to decide.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
  • n. a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered

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