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[had-nt] /ˈhæd nt/
contraction of had not. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hadn't
  • They were pale and distracted, and evidently hadn't slept.
  • It is nothing to say that he hadn't a word to throw at a dog.
  • If it hadn't been for me, his own brother would have shut him up for life.
  • He hadn't been drinking, and decided that if he took no more, it would be reasonably discreet for him to trot along in the party.
  • City officials, it turned out, hadn't been aware that trails had been built on public property.
  • We'd gotten rid of the straw but hadn't figured out what, if anything, should replace it.
  • But she hadn't come up with a design yet she was totally pleased with.
  • We went to gather mustard seeds one day to make mustard for our one-block feast, but the seed pods hadn't fully formed.
  • The system hadn't been used in a war before, so it was an open question how well it would perform.
  • Its existence has been predicted for some time, but hadn't previously been observed.
British Dictionary definitions for hadn't


had not
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hadn't

by 1705, contraction of had not.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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