From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

nonstarter \nonstarter\ n.
   1. a person with a record of failing.

   Syn: loser, failure, unsuccessful person.
        [WordNet 1.5]

   2. A horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been
      [WordNet 1.5]

   3. A proposal that will not receive serious consideration by
      those with authority to decide.
      [PJC] nonstick
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