Why"-not`\, n. A violent and peremptory procedure without any assigned reason; a sudden conclusive happening. [Obs.]

When the church Was taken with a why-not in the lurch. --Hudibras.

This game . . . was like to have been lost with a why-not. --Nug[ae] Antiq.
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