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a contraction of not:
didn't; hadn't; couldn't; shouldn't; won't; mustn't. Unabridged
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  • "But it couldn't have been just as easy as that," Dorcas insisted.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • "They ain't got to makin' calendars yet with the rainy day marked on 'em," he would say.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I don't know," I left Anthony to answer; wondering what he would say.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • After all, there are certain things that you can't tell in too few words.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • If he didn't know how to bring Moni to his side, all would be lost.

    Moni the Goat-Boy Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for n't


not: used as an enclitic after be and have when they function as main verbs and after auxiliary verbs or verbs operating syntactically as auxiliaries: can't, don't, shouldn't, needn't, daren't, isn't
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