Definitions

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  • ought not.
  • ought not.

Etymologies

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ought +‎ -n't

Examples

  • They oughta hang like Chester Johnson, or else he oughtn't to hang.

    CHAPTER XIV

  • The truth that sparked their being oughtn't be rendered meaningless so easily.

    Adaptation

  • His poor sister, shamed by her brother's drunkenness had moved far and away where she oughtn't to have news of Masdy's daily inebriated activities.

    Masdy's Silver

  • That is, unless he's assuming that it's no benefit at all because taxpayers oughtn't to have the money -- in which case he's engaged in something very different from the exercise in uncontroversial positive economics that he wants us to believe he's engaged in.

    Comment of the Week, 2003-04-30, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • An institution like this oughtn't to be run on politics.

    TOLD IN THE DROOLING WARD

  • I'm dry behind the ears, an 'maybe I've learned a few things I oughtn't to before I knew you.

    CHAPTER VII

  • We oughtn't to ben there for another half hour to the least, accordin 'to my reckonin'.

    THE STAMPEDE TO SQUAW CREEK

  • But if you did have that other reason up your sleeve, if you didn't want to know me, if — if, well, if you thought my feelings oughtn't to be hurt just because you had a good job with me ...

    Chapter XIV

  • They shook their heads disapprovingly and muttered: "A man like that oughtn't to drink."

    Chapter 16

  • "You oughtn't to blow yourself that way," she reproved him as he sat down beside her.

    CHAPTER XI

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