The noun nonentity refers to a person of no significance or importance. If you are a member of a sports team, but spend all your time sitting on the bench watching the rest of the team play, you will probably feel like a nonentity.

Something that is an entity exists, and if you are considered a nonentity, you might as well not exist. A political nonentity has no power, and a social nonentity blends in with the wallpaper. Not only people are considered nonentities; groups or things can be nonentities too. If a nonentity beats a nationally ranked team, that's a real upset. The cereal brand that stays on the shelf and is ignored can also be considered a nonentity in the cereal market.

Definitions of nonentity
  1. noun
    a person of no influence
    synonyms: cipher, cypher, nobody
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    pip-squeak, small fry, squirt
    someone who is small and insignificant
    jackanapes, lightweight, whippersnapper
    someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
    type of:
    common man, common person, commoner
    a person who holds no title
  2. noun
    the state of not existing
    synonyms: nonexistence
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    being, beingness, existence
    the state or fact of existing
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    irreality, unreality
    the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
    nihility, nothingness, nullity, void
    the state of nonexistence
    impossibility, impossibleness
    incapability of existing or occurring
    out of touch with reality
    falseness, falsity
    the state of being false or untrue
    thin air
    nowhere to be found in a giant void
    inconceivability, inconceivableness
    the state of being impossible to conceive
    the state of being unattainable
    type of:
    the state of not being
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