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NOT

[not] /nɒt/
noun
1.
a Boolean operator that returns a positive result if its operand is negative and a negative result if its operand is positive.
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  • For instance run through John's Gospel, and pick out the negatives on His lips, the "nots."

    Quiet Talks on Service S. D. Gordon
  • Then "self-control" receives the emphasis of an eight-fold repetition of "nots."

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
  • Notice the “nots” and “buts,” indicating the change from the negative to the positive statement.

    English: Composition and Literature W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • The original distinction between the "haves" and the "have nots" has persisted throughout history and is with us to-day.

  • Possibly there is exactly the right number of "nots" in the Bible, but they have been wrongly distributed.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • In those days, they always put two nots together when they meant to speak strongly.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • There is a busy time under the surface of those "nots" and "alls."

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
British Dictionary definitions for nots

not

/nɒt/
adverb
1.
  1. used to negate the sentence, phrase, or word that it modifies: I will not stand for it
  2. (in combination): they cannot go
2.
(conjunction) not that, which is not to say or suppose that: I expect to lose the game — not that I mind Also (archaic) not but what
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3.
used to indicate denial, negation, or refusal: certainly not
Word Origin
C14 not, variant of nought nothing, from Old English nāwiht, from no + wiht creature, thing. See naught, nought
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Word Origin and History for nots

not

negative particle, mid-13c., unstressed variant of noht, naht "in no way" (see naught). As an interjection to negate what was said before or reveal it as sarcasm, it is first attested 1900; popularized 1989 by "Wayne's World" sketches on "Saturday Night Live" TV show. To not know X from Y (one's ass from one's elbow, shit from Shinola, etc.) was a construction first attested c.1930. Double negative construction not un- was derided by Orwell, but is persistent and ancient in English, popular with Milton and the Anglo-Saxon poets.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nots

not

negation

What has just been stated is emphatically not true: Millions of animals in experimental labs die annually. Shock value? NOT!/ Hooray for Pat Buchanan, not!/ Dan Quayle has already filmed a commercial declaring Murphy Brown his favorite show ...''not'' (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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