from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adverb In no way; to no degree. Used to express negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Shaven; shorn; close-cropped; smooth: as, a not head.
- To shave; shear; poll.
- A Middle English contraction of ne wot, know not. Also
- A word expressing negation, denial, refusal, or prohibition: as, I will not go; he shall not remain; will you answer? I will not.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- obsolete Wot not; know not; knows not.
- adjective obsolete Shorn; shaven.
- adverb A word used to express negation, prohibition, denial, or refusal.
- adverb [Obs. or Colloq.] only.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adverb Negates the meaning of the modified verb.
- adverb To no degree
- conjunction And not.
- interjection slang Used to indicate that the previous phrase was meant
Unarylogical function NOT, true if input is false, or a gate implementing that negation function.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adverb negation of a word or group of words
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Note also that in their press release they name Amazon as their "valuable customer for a long time" not us the readers and that's a main sticking point, for Macmillan readers *are not* the customers, while for Amazon they are and that's another essential reason to support Amazon btw.
I'm also not into the vampire thing at all..not one bit.
I'm Perfectly Happy with My Reading Habits, Even If You Aren't
If I'm really evil, might I not stand back and *not* heal a party member so that I can loot a "friend's" backpack?
I will say, given the almost painful descriptive attempts at the island that Congressman Johnson was making, that regardless of whether he is currently on medication or not he should *not* be actively participating in any context of duty if that is an example of his reasoning and interrogative abilities.
You stated above'' I do not sympathize with terrorists sounds like admission to me,,not denial!
My biggest fear is not that I will not be able to retire until I am 70 — it is that I will be foced to take retirement get laid-off at 55 and *not* be able to work until I turn 70.
So I make it a point not to be there..not to be in that spot.
Of course this email references AR4 emails, which are clearly not deleted, since they make up the vast majority of the hacked dump, so were clearly *not* deleted...
Please note that the position of the Bush-Cheney cabal has been that anybody they detain is *not* a POW, but a, well, ... ah, ‘terrorist’, in a ..... well, not a war, except as they say itis.
The Volokh Conspiracy » Lawyers, Treason, and Deception: A Response to Andrew McCarthy
In his speech last night, not only did Edwards * not* congratulate O (which was seriously unprofessional), but he kept banging on the fact that he has "backbone" -- a not very subtle hint that the "lover" O doesn't have the inner fire/willingness to fight.
Edwards' New Strategy Against Obama: Who Can Best Deliver Change, A Lover Or A Fighter?
oroboros commented on the word not
Ton in reverse.
November 3, 2007
skipvia commented on the word not
Clear thinking from the political science department:
"I am not, indeed, sure whether it is not true to say that the Milton who once seemed not unlike a seventeenth-century Shelley had not become, out of an experience ever more bitter in each year, more alien to the founder of that Jesuit sect which nothing could induce him to tolerate."
-Harold Laski, quoted in "Politics and the English Language," George Orwell.
Interesting how the meaning clouds up a bit each time "not" appears...
August 14, 2008
reesetee commented on the word not
August 14, 2008
pterodactyl commented on the word not
Excuse me a moment while I mount my soapbox...
The placement of the word "not" makes a difference, yet this difference is almost universally ignored. Consider these two hypothetical titles of books:They don't mean the same thing. The first sounds like it's about fasting or dieting (avoiding dinner) -- the second sounds like it's about table etiquette (the manner in which you eat dinner).
I think they're both useful constructions, but I notice that there's a great taboo against the construction "to not". For example, we say "I told you not to come", even though we mean "I told you to not come".
Isn't this a shame? Such a useful distinction we could have available to us, and we throw it all away, just because we're afraid to split one lousy infinitive.
January 15, 2009
rolig commented on the word not
I appreciate your point, Ptero, and I think there are a lot of cases where "to not X" may mean something different from "not to X". In the example of not eating dinner, the two meanings are entirely different ("avoiding dinner" v. "having improper table manners"), but usually a much more subtle is involved: (1) "I told you not to say that!" is different from (2) "I told you to not say that!", where we can imagine that the speaker's original instructions in (1) were simply "do not say this but rather this" and in (2) were more specifically disuasive: "I know you want to say this (or usually would say this, or are expected to say this), but in this case you must not say this." I think this is the same kind of difference as with "I told you not to come" and "I told you to not come" – essentially, this is a difference in the degree of forcefulness of the negative command.
January 17, 2009