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[muhs-uh nt] /ˈmʌs ənt/
contraction of must not.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for mustn't
  • It's seductively clear and you mustn't think about it.
  • They may know the reasons why they mustn't do this, but then come the next week there's no food or the kids are sick.
  • Yet one mustn't always be a teetotaling bore, either.
  • But the digital library system mustn't neglect books and other texts.
  • For example, there are certain things you can never do-when a leader is reaching for a dish, you mustn't turn the lazy susan.
  • And this music mustn't stop, even when there is dialogue.
  • It's more of a mild ache, or an itch that you mustn't scratch.
  • We mustn't let talk of emergency preparedness take up all our time together this afternoon.
  • School districts simply mustn't continue hiring people who don't meet the standards.
  • There was no reference to food terrorism because you mustn't put ideas into people's heads.
Word Origin and History for mustn't

by mid-18c., contraction of must not; see must (v).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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