[kan-ot, ka-not, kuh-]
a form of ·can not.
cannot but, have no alternative but to: We cannot but choose otherwise.

1350–1400; Middle English

Cannot is sometimes also spelled can not. The one-word spelling is by far the more common: Interest rates simply cannot continue at their present level. The contraction can't is most common in speech and informal writing. See also can1. Unabridged
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cannot (ˈkænɒt, kæˈnɒt)
an auxiliary verb expressing incapacity, inability, withholding permission, etc; can not

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from can (v.) + not. O.E. expressed the notion by ne cunnan.
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Example sentences
There is nothing so disagreeable, that a patient mind can not find some solace for it.
Mental stains can not be removed by time, nor washed away by any waters.
It's astonishing what you can not know about the place where you live.
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