oughtn't

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ought +‎ -n't

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔː(ɹ)n̩t/, /ˈɔː(ɹ).tənt/

Contraction[edit]

oughtn't

  1. (UK) ought not.
  2. (US, Canada, dated, rare) ought not.

Usage notes[edit]

Both oughtn't and ought not have become rare in North America. Oughtn't in particular may not be understood.

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