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[shoo d-nt] /ˈʃʊd nt/
contraction of should not.
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Examples from the web for shouldn't
  • These are deadly animals that shouldn't be pets, shouldn't be kept in homes.
  • Maybe it shouldn't be surprising, but this close relative of ours turns out to be far more complicated than people realized.
  • The polar regions are frequently neglected in discussions of the environment, but they shouldn't be.
  • But the bird is probably learning to fly and shouldn't be disturbed.
  • Doctors would tell athletes they shouldn't eat pork that had been raised on certain berries.
  • By conventional standards, life shouldn't exist at the vents.
  • But it shouldn't be done by withholding information consumers need to make choices.
  • Treating your feet right in winter with warm and cozy comfort shouldn't mean sacrificing a car payment.
  • It's a medium of communication and as such shouldn't be censored.
  • My own take is dat the policy shouldn't have been introduced in the future place.
British Dictionary definitions for shouldn't


should not
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