Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A way of writing can not, due to the silencing in pronunciation of one of the n′ s.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Am, is, or are, not able; -- written either as one word or two.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Can not ( = am/is/are unable to).
  • verb Am/are/is forbidden or not permitted to

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

can +‎ not

Examples

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  • I try to lift my arms. Cannot.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    September 28, 2008